Events

We hold all sorts of events from protests and forest blockades to parties, concerts and film nights.

We're most well known for our citizen science forest survey camps, held every three months in the forests of far East Gippsland. 

  • Citizen Science Survey Camp- March18 8 rsvps

    Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM through March 14, 2018
    Goongerah Campground in Goongerah , Australia

    Join us in East Gippsland's forests over the Labor day long weekend in March.

    Learn from the dedicated and passionate ecologists and activists at GECO whose citizen science campaign is saving forests from logging. We'll be based in and around Goongerah and the iconic Kuark forest.

    This camp will visit forests on the lands of the Bidewell, GunnaiKurnai and Monero people. We acknowledge their ongoing custodianship of these forests and pay respect to their elders past and present.

    The camp is free of charge. But donations to cover costs are most appreciated.

    You'll gain skills to put into practice and get involved in the GECO citizen science campaign. 

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    Camping will be at the Goongerah campground, by the clear waters of the Brodrib river.

    Workshops and practical sessions will focus on forest ecology, threatened species, survey techniques, remote fauna cameras, nocturnal spotlighting, Owl surveys, Frog and aquatic surveys, rainforest identification, forest carbon accounting and more. 

    GECO supplies all survey equipment but if you have powerful torches, binoculars, compass, GPS, cameras etc please bring them.

    No experience or prior learning is required, just a sense of adventure and reasonable level of fitness. Walks in the forest are not on formed tracks and various obstacles and hazards will be encountered. Participants join walks at their own risk.

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    Camp facilities:

    The site has a composting toilet, drinking water and a sink for washing dishes.

    We will have the GECO kitchen tent set up with communal gas burners, cooking pots and pans, bowls, cups and cutlery etc. Evening meals will be provided but you need to supply your own breakfast and lunch. The kitchen will be available to use each morning for breakfast, lunch will be eaten in the bush on field trips.

    Families and children are welcome.

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    What to bring:

    - Camping gear: tent/swag and tarp, head torch, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, water bottles/containers etc

    - Warm clothing and wet weather gear

    - Sturdy footwear for walking in the bush

    - Gaiters or tough long pants for walking

    - Food for breakfast and lunch for each day

    - Money to purchase a $5 vegan meal each evening (all money goes to GECO campaign). You might also like to buy some GECO merchandise like hoodies, t shirts, posters, stickers etc.

    - Fuel for your cars. Fill up in Orbost if coming from the south or Bombala if coming from the north. You need enough fuel to drive from the campground each day to field trip locations and still have enough left over to get out of Goongerah. If you have a jerry can bring it along.

    Goongerah is a remote environment, no shops, no phone reception, no fuel. Be prepared.

    There is a public phone box located at the community hall and internet access at the our office space.

  • Summer of citizen science and forest defence 2018 41 rsvps

    Monday, January 15, 2018 at 06:00 PM through January 29, 2018
    Goongerah Campground in Goongerah, Australia
    This summer old growth forests are under threat.
     
    Join GECO at the Goongerah Campground for an extended forest rescue camp to help defend East Gippsland's forests from logging.
     
    Gain skills, experience and knowledge in the following areas:
     
    - Forest survey techniques (camera trapping, spotlighting etc)
    - Mapping
    - Non Violent Direct Action skills
    - Tree Climbing
    - Legal rights for forest activists
    - Monitoring and reporting on logging activities
    - Rainforest identification
    - Reporting threatened species detection's & logging breaches
    - Ecology and biodiversty of East Gippsland's forests
    Program:
     
    The structure of the program will remain very flexible with no set day to day itinerary. We need flexibility in order to respond to the most urgent threats to different forests that may be under threat during the time of the camp.
     
    No matter when you come or how long you stay for there will be lots of opportunities for you to gain practical skills and help the campaign to protect East Gippsland's forests from logging.
     
    If you are looking for a more formal and structured experience focusing solely on citizen science forest surveying, please come to our Citizen Science camp in March 2018
     
    http://www.geco.org.au/citizen_science_survey_camp_march18
     
     
    Camp facilities:
     
    The GECO kitchen tent and marque will be set up. These are communal cooking spaces equipped with gas burners, pots, pans and utensils for all to use.
     
    Our water trailer will be in place providing clean rainwater for drinking and a washing up station.
     
    Please bring your own food for all meals and be as self sufficient as possible.
     
    Toilets are available at the campground, there are no showers but the Brodrib river has some excellent swimming holes (please no soap in or within 100m of the river)
     
    What to bring:
     
    - Camping gear: tent/swag and tarp, head torch, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, water bottles/containers etc
     
    - Warm clothing and wet weather gear
     
    - Sturdy footwear for walking in the bush
     
    - Gaiters or tough long pants for walking
     
    - A full tank of fuel when you leave Orbost (if coming form Melbourne) or Bombala (if coming from Sydney)
    - Food
     
    For more information email geco@geco.org.au
     
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