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World Water Day Celebrations

Come and celebrate World Water Day with us at Field of Mars. You will get the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and talks that show how vital a healthy waterway is to supporting biodiversity. Conduct some water quality tests on our local creek, plant some seedlings as part of the bush regeneration program, search for water dragons, talk to a turtle and get up close to Ellie the Eel. 


Time:  8.45am – 2.00pm (Please arrive at 8.45am for a 9.00am start)

Where: Visitors Centre, Field of Mars Reserve, North Ryde 

Bring: Please bring a water bottle and wear long pants, a hat and wear sturdy enclosed shoes (you will not be able to participate in all activities if you are wearing sandals or thongs).

Participants will be split into 3 groups and will rotate every hour between 3 different activities, see below.

Refreshments will be supplied and a light lunch will be provided for participants.

We will break for lunch from 12noon - 12.45pm.

Activity 1: Dragons of Sydney Citizen Science Survey

Dragons of Sydney invites you to become a citizen scientist for World Water Day! We’ll be collecting data about the local Eastern Water Dragon population in Field of Mars Reserve. With your help, we will gather data to inform our understanding of whether water dragon populations are increasing, decreasing or staying the same in urban areas. You will also learn all about water dragons and why they are such interesting creatures to research.

Activity 2: Introduction to Bushcare

This hands-on bush regeneration activity will focus on what we can do to help restore our local bushland. With a pair of gloves, a bush regeneration tool pouch, loppers and saws help the local bushcare group to regenerate the area. 

Activity 3: Water Quality Monitoring

NSW Waterwatch is a citizen science program based around water quality and catchment education. During today’s activity, community members will conduct water quality tests to assess the creek. Whilst being guided through these tests, participants will learn the importance of catchment management, water quality and the impact that pollution has on the Dragons and other biodiversity. 


To register your participation in all 3 activities, click here

Wildlife Talk

Dr Jacinta Green, The Parramatta River Riverkeeper will be joining us with her pet Eel, Ellie. Eels have a fascinating life history and are one of the most unique and important creatures in our river systems. Dr Green guarantees that by the end of her talk, you will be lining up to have a pet of these remarkable catadromous animals.

Shane Davies will tell you about his love of turtles and how he and a group of dedicated volunteers former Turtle Rescue NSW. You will even get a chance to get up close to some of the Eastern Long Necked Turtles Shane has rescued. 

Time: 12.45 - 2.00pm

Where: Environmental Education Centre on Field of Mars Reserve 


To register for the wildlife talk, click here


Date & Time

Saturday 24 March 2018 / 8.45AM - 2.00PM


City of Ryde
Phone: 9952 8222




Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Rd, East Ryde 2111 View Map

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220 Pittwater Rd, East Ryde New South Wales 2111

Field of Mars Reserve

220 Pittwater Rd, East Ryde 2111

Last updated on 15 March 2018