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Bush Skills - Wild Foods and Bush Navigation Tour

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Learn to find your way in the bush and explore medicinal and edible plants on an easy guided tour with engaging experts!

Maps, compass and lunch provided. Places are limited.
Arrive by 9.40am for refreshments.
Meet outside the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre. 
On-site parking available.


10.00am - 12 noon  Fran Bodkin - Bush-tucker Tour 
 12.00 - 12.30pm Lunch break (Lunch provided but please bring your own water)
 12.30 - 2.30pm Diego Bonetto - Wild-foods Tour
 2.30 - 4.30pm David Matthews - Topographic Maps and Compass Use

About the Tour Guides

Diego Bonetto
Diego Bonetto

Diego is an edible weeds and urban foraging expert based in Sydney. Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduces people to the food and medicinal plants in our environment.

He collaborates extensively with chefs, herbalists, environmentalists and cultural workers promoting a new understanding of what the environment has to offer.  He is presently organising the ‘WildFoodMap’ - a Google mapping overlay facilitating community-driven wild food and medicinal plant identification.  

Learn about the most common species and find out how they have been used for food, craft and natural remedies. 

Visit the Wild Food website to discover the plants around you, or visit Diego Bonetto's website.

Frances Bodkin

Frances Bodkin

Take this opportunity to learn about edible and medicinal native plants from a unique tour guide with both indigenous and scientific knowledge. Fran is part aboriginal, and has explored indigenous knowledge systems for many years and has a Masters of Environmental Science. She has taught numerous groups at the Mt Annan Botanic Gardens and elsewhere. She is also a recognised botanist, and is the author of Encyclopaedia Botanica, which has over 11,000 entries on Australian native plants, and has published ‘D’harawal: Seasons and Climatic Cycles’, exploring ecological indicators of climatic changes.

David Matthews

David Matthews

David loves to get outdoors and explore! He has extensive experience camping, hiking and exploring around the world, having travelled through over 100 countries, hiked around the world and led groups for more than 15 years. He has trained in navigation, remote area first aid, tour leading and bush survival skills.

In June 2011, David started the social group Sydney Explorers, currently with over 8100 members and has led over 350 groups ranging from hiking the Mt Blanc trail with 4m of snow on the passes to Mt Kilimanjaro, various Nepal treks, the overland track in Tasmania, the Cape to Cape track in WA, remote navigational off track treks and hundreds of remote and urban walks around the Sydney region.

Visit the Sydney Explorers website to explore Sydney and beyond.

Date & Time

Sunday 13 December 2015 / 10.00AM - 4.30PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222




Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Rd, Gladesville 2111 View Map

-33.815567, 151.135711
220 Pittwater Rd, Gladesville New South Wales 2111

Field of Mars Reserve

220 Pittwater Rd, Gladesville 2111

Last updated on 7 December 2015