Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre

Through outdoor education, Wollangarra aims to provide a small but vital step towards a healthier environment, a stronger community and happier young people. We believe that by doing rather than talking, and fixing rather than complaining, we can help young people to see environmental issues as exciting and demanding challenges to the way we live, rather than as endlessly depressing and negative threats to our future.
Jul 8, 2014

Wollangarra Update

Anzac Day Work Party
Anzac Day Work Party

The last few months have been, as ever, a busy period at Wollangarra. As winter is setting in, the lambs are being born and the wood shed is brimming, thanks to the efforts of all who came along to the 'Wood Chop' weekend.

Progress on the out-door kitchen has been steady and it is really coming together at last! The team of volunteers who came along to the Anzac day work party put in tonnes of effort, with the floor boards being layed and the brick surrounds for the new stove built. The wood fired stove - hand crafted in Bairnsdale is ready to be brought onto the property and placed in the new kitchen, something that will make it instantly homely! The question of how to get the thing over the river still remains but it will hopefully be a case of many hands making for light work! A big thank-you to those who have donated to Wollangarra in the last few months - the oven was an essential purchase and it is fantastic to have it ticked off the wish list. 

Courses have been continuing to run smoothly with brilliant feed back from young people. Autumn hikes have been in and around Bryce's Gorge, Macalister Springs and the hills surrounding Wollangarra - all incredible places for young people to be introduced to. 

There has been an impressive stream of helpers coming up to Wollangarra. There are always things to do, whether it be working in the garden, hleping with the outdoor kitchen or working with young people. The helpers have really boosted the amount of jobs being done and energy around Wollangarra in these last few months. If you have been up to help, thank -you! Wollangarra has always relied on the combined effort of many people and it is fantastic to see this culture thriving. If you are intersted in heading up to Wollangarra, whether for an afternoon, a night, a week, a month - there is  bound to be something going on and you will be very welcome.

As you all know, Wollangarra also relies on monetary donations. Though we recycle, re-use, and bend things to fit whenever we can, there are certain things that simply have to be purchased! Any size donation will be extremely appreciated and you will easily be able to see the results of your donation upon your next visit - whether it be in the wooden sleepers your money helped to purchase or the heart felt thank-you left in the visitor book by a young person who a donation has allowed to come on a course.

Wollangarra is a wonderful and invigorating place to be - serving as a constant reminder that what is simple and honest is best; a lesson that staff, directors, volunteers and supporters are continuosly striving to keep alive and to pass on to the young people who visit - and from all reports we are succeeding! Thanks for reading this update, and remember, in a place like Wollangarra each person's contribution doesn't have to be big, rather the fact that we have so many intersted and supprotive friends means that we are all working together to give the energy and resources that keep it ticking along! Please follow the link to our website below for more information on what's been happening and upcoming events!

Wood Chop Weekend
Wood Chop Weekend
Anzac day work Party
Anzac day work Party

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Mar 25, 2014

Wollangarra Update

It's been a busy time at Wollangarra these last few months. A fantastic new crew of staff with a wide range of different skills and backgrounds have been getting to know the place and have now jumped straight in to running programs after a successful training period.

The warm weather always brings bountiful harvests from the veggie garden and orchards. Wollangarra had a very successful 'Fruit Bottling' weekend in January where over 60 supporters from near and far came to lend a hand in preserving the many plums, nectarines, tomatoes... It was great to see so many people excited to come and help out, and get to know the new staff -  so a big thank-you to anyone who ventured up for the weekend.

Work on the Outdoor Kitchen (ODK) has been progressing nicely, with plans for the next steps almost ready to be put into action. Volunteers and young people have been gettting right into the paving around the verandas of the building and work on the inside floor has begun. It is certainly looking more and more like a proper kitchen - We even have a fully functioning wash up station now! The most exciting progress however is the recent purchase of a gas fridge, purchased with generous donations from supporters. It is proving to be a brilliant fridge (actually keeps things cold!) so a huge thanks to anyone who made a donation.  

If you're keen to find out more about the goings on up at Wollangarra you're in luck! The latest newsletter is available on the Wollangarra website (see link below) and has lots of detailed information about courses, what's been happening around the flat and on programs, and introductions to the new staff. Better still if you have some spare time on your hands, Wollangarra would love to have some volunteers to help out on programs and to aid in general project work around the place - for inquiries please call Wollanagrra on 0351480492. If time is an issue we are still relying on donations for continuing work on the ODK - so any help in that regard is hugely appreciated. 

For information on upcoming events please follow the link to our Website!

Another huge thanks to our trusty supporters who have never ceased being the force that sustains that very special little place tucked in beside the Macalister River, just a flying fox trip away!

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Dec 23, 2013

Wollangarra update

New paving and more wall building
New paving and more wall building

We have held several successful events since the last update, including the Garden Work Party, Open Day/Bush Dance and the Spring Work Party.

Progress continues to tick along on the kitchen. Like most things at Wollangarra, it's fairly slow going as we try to squeeze in work between running programs. Recently we have been working on paving the verandah, building more sleeper walls, pouring floor footings and relocating the wash up area.

This year we have salvaged a lot of materials from old buildings that we have demolished in the area. All of the materials we bring in are carted up the little walking track and then sent across the river on our flying fox. It's pretty hard yakka, and helping with a project like this certainly gives young people an appreciation of just how rewarding a hard day's work can be.

Everyone who works on the project is a volunteer. When you donate to Wollangarra you know that your hard earned dollars are going straight towards purchasing stuff that we really need, and keeping our course fees affordable in the process.

Thank you to Jorge Flores-Perez, Clement Cureau, Alistair Macrae, Simon John, Meredith Ure, Milda Prusinsk, April Pittman, Andrew Kougl, Nicole Carson and Lina Ekesater for your generous donations this year.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and we hope to see you at our annual Fruit Bottling weekend on January 18-19.

More walls going up
More walls going up
The old mixer after a hard day
The old mixer after a hard day's work

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