Bournda EEC Future Leaders Environment Award

Inaugural award winner

Inaugural BEEC Future Leaders winner, Harrison Warne with Amelia Telford (AYCC)

World Environment Day is tomorrow (5th June) and it is a great day to announce that Bournda EEC welcomes nominations from Year 12 students, who have shown strong environmental leadership and initiative, for the 2017 Bournda EEC Future Leaders Award.

The award is made possible with the generous support of Dr Helen Sykes from Future Leaders

There are two $500 prizes to be awarded to eligible Year 12 students from NSW secondary schools in the South East of NSW.

Nominations close Friday 30th June 2017 and the recipients will be announced at the beginning of Term 3.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information/assistance.

Download the nomination form!

Bournda EEC Future Leaders Nomination Environment_Award_2017


Bega High School test drive the Bournda TrailRider!

Bega High School staff recently held an overnight professional learning camp at Bournda. One of the activities was to develop procedures for the safe use of Bournda EEC’s new TrailRider All Terrain Wheelchair.

In the picture below Mark Freedman steers while Jess Harris (Head Teacher , Special Education)  enjoys the scenery. The unnamed person at the front seems to be doing the work!

Trail rider wheel chair in action

Everyone, especially Mrs Harris,  was impressed by the ease with which the TrailRider handled the rough section of track.

The Trai Rider will be used to assist students with mobility needs during Bournda EEC programs and will be available for loan to other community groups.

Stage 2 Environmental Science – Weather Update

Who doesn’t love exploring the bush just after rain?

The Stage 2 Environmental Science program will go ahead today (Wednesday 24th May). The rain should clear by mid-morning.

Bring a rain-coat and get ready to explore!


On the Perch Bird Park joins the Bird Olympics Team

Exciting news that will have bird fans shaking their tail feathers!  On the Perch Bird Park has generously offered some great prizes to add to the booty on offer for participating students and schools.  On the Perch is a fantastic place for bird lovers of all ages to visit and thank you to Steve and Linda Sass for contributing to the Bird Olympics!

Check out the Bird Olympics and enter a team from your school!

On the Perch Bird Park logo

Bournda EEC World Environment Day Dinner

Connecting people to nature


“Connecting People to Nature” at the 40th Bournda EEC World Environment Day Dinner

 A UN General Assembly resolution on the 15th December 1972 designated:

5 June as World Environment Day and urges Governments and the organizations in the United Nations system to undertake on that day every year world-wide activities reaffirming their concern for the preservation and enhancement of the environment with a view to deepening environmental awareness…”

 World Environment Day is the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

“Connecting People to Nature”, the theme for 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share. This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.

Bournda Environmental Education Centre has been hosting an annual dinner to celebrate World Environment Day for the last 40 years and this year the guest speaker is Dr John Merson.  Associate Professor John Merson was the Director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies until 2012 and Head of the Graduate Research Program in Environmental Policy and Management at University of NSW. He is presently the Executive Director of The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, and has been a consultant to the UNESCO, APEC, IUCN, DEST & Dept. of Foreign Affairs. He was a member of the Australian Indonesia Steering Committee on Science and Technology, and the Australia Korea Forum.

Associate Professor John MersonHe is the author of seven books and a wide range of academic papers and research covering issues of Environmental and Development, Adaptive Environmental Policy & Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. For his journalistic work, he is the recipient of a United Nations Media Peace Prize.

The dinner will also feature wonderful creative art and writing by local students which will then be displayed in local libraries throughout the Bega Valley.

The World Environment Day Dinner is on Monday June 5th, at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, with doors opening at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets may be purchased, at a cost each of $40, from Candelo Books (Bega) with a cash sale or through Bournda Environmental Education Centre, phone 6494 5009.

For further details, please contact

Doug Reckord, Principal, Bournda EEC – 6494 5009

Bournda EEC cleans up!



Two octopuses. One crab. The chase is on in the shallows of Wallagoot Lake. Bournda EEC teacher Luke Brown has a knack of being in the right place at the right time to show students our amazing natural world and these Stage 1 students from Tathra Public School had a treat today! Some students were cheering on the “squid”.  Was anyone cheering on the crab?

We’ll see you out there!


Looking for some fun on Sunday?
Keen to get out and about after the wonderful rain?

There are plenty of sites around the Bega Valley where you can chip in to help reduce our litter problem.

Council will accept material from the registered groups IF the material is in CUAD bags.


We’ll be looking after our usual stretch of Sapphire Coast Drive from Bournda Road to Red Hill Road, through Bournda National Park and Bournda Nature Reserve.

Meet at 9am at the intersection of Bournda Road and Sapphire Coast Drive

Volunteers can head North towards the racecourse OR South towards Merimbula OR East along Bournda Road.

#BEGATATHRASAFERIDE will be coordinating the Bega Tathra Safe Ride site, starting at the intersection of Tathra Road and Sapphire Coast Drive.

Meet at 10am

Volunteers here can head South along Sapphire Coast Drive OR East to the Strathmore Crescent intersection (Evans Hill was cleaned up a few weeks ago) OR west to Kalaru Village and beyond.

NO kids under 14 allowed on these sites as they are on roadways.

hi-vis clothing
Suitable protective footwear and clothing
Sun protection (LOL, if it stops raining)

Our oceans need you!

This Sunday is Clean Up Australia Day.

This article explains why humans have to clean up their act.  Let’s make a difference to our beautiful environment!

Our oceans need you!

Bournda CDAT Camp wins award!

Bournda Environmental Education Centre has been working with the Bega  Valley Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), on a camp that brings students from all four secondary schools together.

Bournda EEC thanks Paul Brunton and the CDAT for their support for the program. Thanks also to the students and teachers from participating schools!