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Get involved in the fight against habitat loss. Contribute to our shared understanding of Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.

Come to one or more of our current and upcoming events and be part of the solution.

To get early-bird news, from as little as $10 you may like to sign up as a Friends member HERE and tick the ‘I’d like to be advised about volunteering opportunities‘ box.


Current COVID-19 requirements at the Friends on-ground events in Yellingbo NCR. The event coordinator will advise you if they have specific requirements other than what’s listed below, however, the current requirements of all volunteers, staff and visitors includes:

  • It is recommended to wear a mask if you can’t physically distance, or are indoors in public areas.
  • QR code and visit registration to assist with contact tracing.
  • All participants aged 16+ must show evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination (COVID-19 digital certificate) or doctor’s certificate of exemption. We will not retain this information, so please expect to be asked each time you attend.
  • Maintain 1.5m social distancing and practice good COVID-19 hygiene.
  • Stay at home if at all unwell.


IMPORTANT NOTE: All events at our base in Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve operate subject to current COVID-19 restrictions that apply for the Melbourne metro area (see Victorian Government COVID Safe settings and Parks Victoria COVID-19 Update). 

Our event coordinators look forward to your understanding, co-operation and support as we all move forward and start to re-connect. We’re excited to be inviting you to our events!

High summer* Citizen science session (flora & frog survey)

For: experienced and novice nature enthusiasts. Do you pause to look and listen when walking in the bush? Whether you’re an experienced or novice nature enthusiast, this event is for you. Let’s spend some time in the Reserve together, in a season where White-throated Needletails are seen ahead of the storm fronts, Xenica butterflies and beetles appear, and young fish come up from the estuaries.

To those who think they know almost nothing and can’t help, we know you can. Our regular volunteers would love to show you how.

Date: Monday 07/02/22

Event coordinator: Sue. Co-led by: Eliza
Arrive: 9.00am for a 9.15am start
Finish: 12.30pm, or stay on for BYO everything lunch/tea/coffee/chair. Think COVID Safe and rubbish free
Maximum number: 12. Registrations will close 2 days before the event.

See above for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants.

Explore | Learn | Share: Our mission? With no experience or knowledge needed, and a few minutes to learn, we’ll use our own smart phone and the iNaturalist app to record what grabs our attention, automatically adding these observations to our iNaturalist Project: ‘Yellingbo and surrounds‘. Magic!! The only rule? It is, or was, living – plants, animals, fungi, mosses etc. Why? Being out in the natural world is pure joy, but more than that, we’re getting the assistance of a world full of scientists and naturalists to help us identify and visually record what’s calling Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve home. We’ll do a sound recording for our frog survey, and who knows, we might record some birds too!

Download the iNaturalist app on App Store or Google Play before you come, and make sure you sign-up, and we’ll show you how to use it on the day.

This is an easy paced walk of up to 5 km (depending on what we see on the day). We’ll be on rough bush tracks that are relatively flat and even.

Registration is essential for all survey events.

Keep watching for further details, including how to register.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri

Seeds & Weeds Day

For: anyone who is willing to lend a hand.

Date: Sundays 13/02/22 and 20/03/22

Event co-ordinator: Rich
Arrive: 9.30am
Finish: by arrangement with Rich. Most people stay on for a BYO late lunch around 2pm and then resume in the afternoon. Finishes 4pm.
Maximum number: n/a

See above for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants.

Tasks vary, according to the season and current priorities for our nursery and in the Reserve. Rich will provide information about what to expect on the day, where to meet and what to bring. Cam went for the 1st time recently and says, “Had a great time learning…” 

To be put in touch with Rich for further details, please send Sue an email: [email protected]

NB Sue works 1-2 days p/wk, with Wednesdays being her core day.

Late summerCitizen science session (bird, platypus & frog survey)

“My life is so fast paced, I really need more of this. Slowing down and really noticing what’s in the bush is so good for me.” – Kellie.

For: experienced and novice birders, platypus spotters and nature observers. As the morning sun rises higher, we’ll have the sun’s warmth on our backs. Wildflowers will be in abundance. Birds, insects and reptiles will be active. Summer bird visitors have returned to the Reserve. What will we see and hear? Can we spot the elusive platypus? Bring your enthusiasm as we spend some time in the Reserve together, recording the wildlife we see in, and alongside, the creek.

Date: Wednesday 16/02/22

Led by: Ron, Rachel and Sue
Arrive: 8.00am, for an 8.15am start
Finish: approximately 12 noon, or stay on for BYO everything lunch/ tea/ coffee/ chair. Think COVID Safe and rubbish free.
Maximum number: 12. Registrations will close 2 days before the event.

See above for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants.

As we walk to and from our platypus survey sites, we will be doing a bird and frog survey. We’ll be using two standardised survey techniques for our bird survey, a 5 km search and a 3.2 ha, 20-minute search. These types of survey are recognised as providing valuable data that can be used to estimate population trends of species. If you haven’t done bird surveys like this before, we will show you how.

Learn | Share: Join us! We believe that everyone can contribute to what’s known about the species living in, or visiting, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. We use Birdata for our bird surveys, and Frog Census for frog surveys. If you know how to use your own smart phone, you can also help us add information to our iNaturalist project ‘Yellingbo and surrounds‘. Download the iNaturalist app before you come, and sign-up. Our regular participants will show you how to use all of these survey types on the day. Multi-tasking!

Our gently paced walk will be approx. 5-6 km, on a fairly even but sometimes muddy track. Come prepared to get wet and dirty, and if this doesn’t eventuate – bonus!
Come prepared. There are no facilities at the site we’ll visit. Please BYO everything you need for a bush experience.

Registration is essential for all survey events.

Keep watching for event details, including how to register.

*1 of 6 seasons in the Middle Yarra Timelines Calendar of the Wurundjeri

Kids & Conservation morning – NEW program

For: parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles and the pre-teen child/ren in your life. Older siblings are very welcome to attend and participate alongside their family

Date: TBA

Event coordinator: Sue. Co-led by: Eliza
Arrive: 9.30am, for a 10.00am start
Finish: by 12 noon, or stay on for BYO everything lunch. Think COVID Safe and rubbish free. Tea/coffee/cool drink/seasonal fruit provided.
Maximum number: 25. Registrations will close 2 days before the event.

See above for current COVID-19 requirements of all participants.

Join us for a morning of nature play activities in beautiful bush surrounds and by the creek at Yellingbo. Our morning will have a gentle rhythm, focusing on child-led nature play and community connection through imaginative play, exploration, creative crafts, storytelling and a bush walk. Together, we’ll contribute to the transformation of a picnic area that’s welcoming for people, but also provides habitat for insects and reptiles – the little critters that are so important in our world. What can we do to help the wildlife, no matter our age?

Registration is essential for this event.

Keep watching for further details and how to register.

Symposium webinar and Art Exhibition launch

Celebrating 50 years of Victoria’s endemic faunal emblems being proclaimed.

On 16 October 2021 we hosted our FREE Symposium webinar, where we shared the challenges and successes of threatened species conservation as it relates to our Victorian faunal emblems.

Available for you to view 24/7: re-visit whenever you’d like 🙂

On our radar.


Keep watching for details, or take advantage of the early-bird notice Members receive, from just $10 p/a. Members are our life-blood. You can join up HERE

  • Summer: Platypus surveys resume, alongside our Citizen science bird & frog surveys. Winter is the peak time for platypus sightings in SE Australia, however young emerge from the burrows in summer.
  • Apr, Aug, Oct, Nov: The peak months for frog surveys. If we miss other months, we don’t miss these!
  • May-August: Our Citizen science flora & frog surveys extend to fungi. This is peak fungi survey season.
  • June-August: Platypus surveys resume, alongside our Citizen science bird & frog surveys. Winter is the peak time for platypus sightings.
  • Aug-Oct: Platypus breed between Aug-Sept, laying 2-3 eggs around Sept-Oct.

Extreme weather cancellation policy


ALL YNCR events are automatically cancelled on days of severe or extreme weather, including Total Fire Ban days, thunderstorms or expected wind GUSTS exceeding 50 kmh. Please don’t assume you will be contacted. Please CHECK the YARRA GLEN weather before leaving home. Do not refer to Melbourne’s forecast – it’s quite different. If there’s a yellow ‘View the current warnings for Victoria’ link, click on that too.
We recommend: DOWNLOAD the VicEmergency app and register.

In addition, ALL FoHH volunteer activities are managed in alignment with the Victorian Government’s COVID Safe settings, Parks Victoria’s COVID-19 Update and the Friends COVID Safe Plan, including maximum numbers permitted, the need for 1.5m physical distancing, good hygiene and the wearing of face masks where required. Service Victoria QR codes are in use at all buildings/events.

NB. event co-ordinators reserve the right to cancel or postpone events for reasons other than those listed above. Where possible, pre-registered participants will receive a text/ phone call/ email if we cancel an event. Note, this can occur early on the morning of the event. 

Keep coming back…


New events are routinely added, and all events can be subject to change due to extreme weather events or changes in COVID-19 restrictions. We thank you for your support. Keep watching.

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