Wednesday Walks are organised by a group of ANPS members who have a special interest in plant identification.
All ANPS members are welcome to come along – no expertise is required.
Walks allow viewing native plants in their natural environment, learning about local plants and enjoying the bush environment.
Participants will be asked to put their names and emergency contact details on an Attendance Register.
It is important that all participants are familiar with and understand the Guidelines covering the walks so that they understand their responsibilities.
Most Wednesdays there is a walk within easy reach of Canberra. Specific destinations are finalised weekly based on who’s walking that week and the vagaries of the flowering season.
Walk locations vary between parklands around Canberra and more remote regions of the ACT and NSW.
They may be short or long and in easy or difficult terrain. Most walks are along walking paths or forestry roads, but some include off-track walking, occasionally through thickish bush. Sometimes, drives with stops at places of interest and little walking are organised.
Details of each walk are posted some days prior to the walk. There is an email group for regular walkers. Details aim to indicate the length of the walk, the degree of difficulty, the appropriate map, driving distance and conditions, meeting point and time. A contact person’s details are given and if you are new to the group you may wish to discuss with them if the walk is suitable for you.
We take morning tea and lunch. Usually we get back mid to late afternoon, but sometimes the walk will conclude soon after lunch.
A first aid kit is always available on a walk, but walkers should bring anything they expect to need.
Car pooling is encouraged, particularly when vehicles with good clearance are required. A $5 voluntary contribution is usually given to the driver.
We don’t walk if there is a Total Fire Ban in the area of the walk, or if there is a Severe Weather Warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.
We also cancel the walk if the maximum temperature in the area to be visited is likely to be above 32C or below 10C, or if there will be other hazardous weather conditions.