On non-bird, but tangential matters, there are goings on over July at the Arboretum in which COG members may be interested. It is 21 years since the discovery (to western science)
of the Wollemi pine by David Noble and the Arboretum has a few events around this. For your information.
Celebrate the 21st anniversary of the discovery of the Wollemi pine in Tree Week at the National Arboretum Canberra, 19-26 July
The Friends of the Arboretum have organised several events for the school holidays and Tree Week, 4-26 July.
‘Wonderful Wollemi’ Exhibition
This exhibition in the Village Centre
will take visitors ‘time travelling’ from the fossil record and paleobotany of 121 million years ago, to the discovery of the hidden stand of trees by David Noble 21 years ago, to the Wollemi going global, arriving at today in Forest 32. Also covered
are the relationships of the Wollemi to its Araucaria and Agathis 'cousins' in the Arboretum, and reports on current research and conservation initiatives. The concluding parts of the exhibition cover the past and present environments of
Wollemia nobilis, a ‘Learn More’ poster, and an opportunity for visitors to post the thoughts that the Wollemi pine prompts in their own mind. The Exhibition is especially suited to students from upper primary school and to Year 12.
Where: In the Village Centre at the Arboretum
When: The Exhibition will run from the beginning of the ACT school holidays, Saturday 4 July, through to the end of Tree Week, Sunday 26 July.
How much: The 'Wonderful Wollemi' Exhibition is free.
Guided Walks to the
Wollemia nobilis in Forest 32
Trained volunteer guides will lead these walks that will take in a number of other Forests and points of interest. The ground is steep and uneven, so strong shoes are needed; warm
clothing too for July weather.
Where: Begin at and return to the Village Centre, allow 1 hour.
When: These Forest Walks will be available twice a day on weekends over the school holidays and Tree Week, from 4 – 26 July in all. Other times on request to the Arboretum and group bookings are welcome.
How much: The Walks are free.
The Arboretum Education Officer, Heather Tregoning, can arrange a program of activities tailored to groups of students at different levels and tailored to the ACT Curriculum. Please contact Heather on
to discuss your students' interests and options.
Where: Indoor and outdoor activities at the Arboretum
When: During the school holidays and in term time
How much: Costs apply.
Two special events
will be the guest of honour at the Anniversary Event on Monday 20 July and the Seminar on Tuesday 21 July. This will be David’s first visit to the National Arboretum Canberra, and it will be a unique occasion as he
is the only person to visit the Arboretum who has a tree named after him growing in one of the Forests. Book early for these events!
21st Anniversary Celebration
Monday 20 July, 4-5pm, in the Village Centre. Friends $18, others $24.
At this informal event, you will enjoy a welcome to Guest of Honour David Noble and a short talk from him, a celebratory afternoon tea and toast to the Wollemi pine, the presentation
of a Wollemi pine tree ring to the Arboretum and other salutes to the Wollemi pine. The tree ring is from a fallen Wollemi pine in the canyon in the Wollemi National Park and will be presented to the Arboretum by Prof Cris Brack and Dr Matthew Brookhouse
of the ANU Fenner School for Environment and Society. Arrive from 3.30 and have ample time to view the ‘Wonderful Wollemi’ Exhibition.
Seminar ‘The past, present and future of
Tuesday 21 July, 9am – 1 pm, in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion. This is a paid event: Friends $45, Others $55.
At the Seminar, you will hear David Noble’s keynote address, followed by sessions on:
‘Wollemia nobilis in the Arboretum’
· Owen Bolitho, Senior Horticulturalist and Arborist, National Arboretum Canberra, will speak on experience with propagating and survival of Wollemi seedlings.
· Dr Roger Hnatiuk, Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra, will report on Citizen Science in the
Wollemia nobilis forest, Forest 32.
Dr Matthew Brookhouse, ANU, will reveal what tree rings can tell us about the age of the Wollemi pine.
‘Beyond the Arboretum:
Wollemia nobilis in the wider world’
· Phil Hore, National Dinosaur Museum, will trace the paleobotany and fossil record of the Wollemi pine.
· Dr Cathy Offord, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, will recount the spread of the Wollemi from the bush, to Botanic gardens to the backyard.
Q&A: The seminar will end with a panel of all speakers commenting on threats to the future of the Wollemi and other rare species,
and answering questions from the audience.
Book online for the Anniversary Celebration and the Seminar on