Environment & Science

This course is designed specifically for those with little or no knowledge in this area, just a desire to travel on an exploration of the universe, its galaxies, planets, moons, stars, constellations and more. The course is held at the tutor's home. Friday
When Dorothea MacKellar wrote the poem "My Country" she was referring to our country ...Australia: "I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding plains..." All of this and more is the province of geography. This course examines what is geography and delves into both the human and physical aspects including geology, meteorology, climatology, geomorphology, hydrology, as well as cultural, political and urban geography, the environment, protected areas, economic and social geography. The course will also include a study of the lands, features, inhabitants and phenomena of the Earth, with the aim of understanding the Earth and some of its human and natural complexities, not merely where things are, but also how they have changed and come to be, concentrating on those aspects as they apply to Australia. Monday
This 4 week course aims to increase members' appreciation of birding. Participants will start with a short theory session before heading out to walk along the back of the playing fields around U3A at Bribie island. In the following 3 weeks members will visit Buckley's Hole, and White Patch and in the final week Kakadu bird hide for wader watching. Participants will have a pair of binoculars, walking shoes and everything that is needed for a 1.5 to 2 hour walk ( e.g. water, sun screen etc) Friday
The word “Bon-sai” (often misspelled as bonzai or banzai) is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years. The ultimate goal of growing a Bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants, in fact, any tree species can be used to grow one. The course is held at the tutor's home and the mere nature of the craft requires along term commitment to achieve results. Monday
This course will appeal to those wanting to know more about Bribie’s natural environment-its flora and fauna; the threats to our environment; who is caring for it; and where to learn more about it. We will also explore how each of us can play a part in helping preserve and protect this special part of the world. Each term we cover new and different aspects of Bribie's environment. Participants, old and new, will find something new each term and will be encouraged to share their experiences and concerns as well as make suggestions for additional topics for discussion. Monday

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