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.
Feb 11, 2015

Wollangarra Update

Hello wonderful Wollangarra supporters!

Another year has well and truly begun up at Woll, with a new staff team learning the ropes and settling into their beautiful new home. The garden is bountiful and the sheep, chickens and goat are all happy with the early summer rains keeping things green. The year has already kicked off with stage one and two courses and a stage three 'flat week' course is happening soon.

Wollangarra's first community event of the year, the fruit-bottling weekend was also a great success. The kitchen building got its first full trial run at this weekend, where members of the Wollangarra community gathered to bottle up as many of the orchard fruits as possible, as well as turning them into delicious jams and chutneys that will feed hungry young people for years to come! It was wonderful to see some familiar and some new faces up to help and we were all very excited to welcome the new staff team. They are a great bunch who have made a brilliant decision in signing up to work at Woll for the year! Make sure you get up to visit and meet them some time soon!

Many of you have donated to Wollangarra in the last few months, which is fantastic! As always most of our resources go into running courses and extra donations are vital for helping us move along with exciting projects around the Wollangarra homestead. So a heartfelt thank-you to those people, your money is going a long way - if you want to see for yourself come up to Wollangarra for the next work party and check out the outdoor kitchen! It is looking beautiful, surrounded by the beginnings of a handmade post and rail fence and some young fruit trees. 

Of course the outdoor kitchen is still a bit of a way from being a fully functioning kitchen and has a fair few finishing touches to be added! There is also talk of re- designing the Wollangarra garden to make it even more productive and user friendly, and of course there is always the need to do repairs on buildings and gear that needs patching up. Thank-you once again for supporting Wollangarra, and make sure you come up and say hello if you have some free time up your sleeve and feel like taking a trip across a river on a flying fox!

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Nov 7, 2014

Wollangarra Update

Hello lovely Wollangarra supporters!

 Woll has been a hive of activity over the past couple of months. Spring has well and truly sprung and a number of work parties and continual hard work by staff, directors and volunteers have left the place looking ship shape.

The outdoor kitchen project is coming along really well and in exciting news… the new wood-fired stove is set in place! It looks very shiny and well crafted and completely at home amongst its new brick and wood surrounds. Although still a work in progress, the building is filled with light and promises to be a pleasure to cook and spend time in!

 Many members of the community got to check out the progress at Wollangarra’s open day last weekend. The event was a huge success with folks coming from all around to enjoy the numerous activities – sheep shearing, Clydesdale rides, porridge eating competitions and much more! It is on weekends such as these that the power of the affection and faith many people have in Wollangarra and all that it stands for can be felt. As well as being a great catch up event for tried and true members of the community, there were many new faces at the event, which was fantastic to see!

 Courses have been running smoothly with very successful and busy holiday programs just passed. It looks to be a buzzing November ahead, of course nothing the awesome and well-practiced staff and directors can’t handle! For a full report on the latest goings on, and even an update on the latest Wollangarra bird life goings on, please follow the link to the most recent newsletter!

 As always, Wollangarra is incredibly grateful for any donations. With projects on the go left right and centre and many young people experiencing all that Wollangarra has to offer each week a little extra money is always extremely appreciated. Or if you would prefer to help out in person, give the staff a call and head up for a weekend or week, volunteers are the mortar that holds it all together! Plus swimming in the Macalister river this time of year is truly brilliant!

 Thanks for reading folks!

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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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