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17 January 2018
Fishing Tackle Clean Up at Gericke`s Point – Sedgefield: Snagged fishing line and hooks act as ‘ghost fishing’ apparatus with the ability to catch and trap fish long after the line is lost by the fisherman. After season there is an excessive amount of lost fishing line, hooks and weights caught up on the reef around Gericke’s Point. Free dive to clean up the reefs of this debris. Equipment: mask, snorkel, fins, knife and bag. Meet at the Swartvlei beach parking area at 09h45. Save our Oceans and join this effort. – Garden Route Trail – Facebook Event
19 January 2018
An evening of ocean conservation stories – Knysna Golf Club: Do you love the ocean? Keen to learn more about ocean research and conservation from across the globe? Knysna Basin Project is very excited to have two internationally acclaimed marine biologists, who will share their stories. Join for a night filled with tales of the ocean, research adventures, and conservation victories – from sharks to seahorses! Space is limited, please make sure to RSVP with Louw Claassens: 0829289391; firstname.lastname@example.org. – Knysna Basin Project – Facebook Event
19 – 22 January 2018
World Sea Turtle expert Dr. George Hughes at Thonga Beach Lodge – iSimangaliso Wetland Park: A rare opportunity to hear talks and accompany Dr. George Hughes on turtle tours. Presentations will be given in the bar area before dinner 19-21 January. For more information contact email@example.com. – isibindi.co.za
23 – 25 February 2018
Three Cranes Challenge – KZN: This 3-day staged trail run takes runners in and around the breath-taking Karkloof Nature Reserve, off-road and along trails through beautiful misty forests and scenic grasslands with magnificent views. This region is also the breeding ground of South Africa’s endangered Cranes. Sadly, all three species are in decline due to man’s exploitation of their habitat. By participating in this race, you will help raise funds to support the protection of these beautiful birds. – wildseries.co.za.
8 – 18 March 2018
In-Depth 10 Day Natural Building Workshop at Terra-Khaya – Hogsback: On the Building with Nature and Holistic Living course you will learn and practically explore a variety of natural building techniques, using natural and ‘scalvaged’ recycled materials. Elements and practical applications include Cobbing, Wattle & Daub, Adobe Bricks, Rammed Earth, Cordwood, Rocket Stoves, Cob Ovens, Water Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Recycling & Waste Management, Grey Water Management & Bio-Remediation, Introduction to Permaculture, Site Orientation & Location (Using solar aspects and thermal mass properties of the building materials). Participants will work on building a campers kitchen outdoor kitchen with a rocket stove, adobe benches and work surfaces, using the various techniques outlined above. Also enjoy morning yoga or meditation, sunset at Hogsback’s Secret Waterfall, and a visit to the Eco-Shrine. – terrakhaya.co.za.
16-18 March 2018: Reforest Fest Family Weekend
23-25 March 2018: Reforest Fest Friends Weekend
Join the Treevolution! The Reforest Fest is Africa’s largest annual reforestation festival, bringing people together in the Platbos Forest to plant thousands of trees, dance to live local bands, learn with sustainability leaders, camp under the stars, and be inspired by positive collective action. Bring the whole family and get your hands dirty for a good cause! More info at reforestfest.com.
22 – 30 March 2018
The SA Eco Film Festival aims to bring you a world-class programme of beautifully shot and engaging short and feature-length films exploring a wide range of environmental topics. The 5th Annual SA Eco Film Festival returns to Cape Town and surrounds, proudly supported by leading Western Cape Eco-Friendly business partners sustainable.co.za, Ballo, Reliance and Hemporium. 21 Documentary Films with eco & sustainable themes, 30 screenings over 7 days, award-winning films, solution focussed, entertaining and thought-provoking. With audience Q&A’s, guest speakers and more, this year’s SA Eco Film Festival is gearing up to create an ever bigger impact than ever before. – saecofilmfestival.com.
30 March – 2 April 2018
Garden Route Walking Festival: An exciting programme of talks and more than 52 walks between Mossel Bay and Nature’s Valley over Easter Weekend. – walkingfestival.co.za.
JUNE / JULY
23 June – 15 July 2018
Eden Festival of Action: In June 2017, devastating wildfires wreaked havoc on large areas of the Eden District along South Africa’s beautiful Garden Route, particularly near Knysna. The extremity of the fires was exacerbated by the uncontrolled spread of alien plant species in the area. Over three weeks Greenpop will plant trees, rehabilitate ecosystems, clear alien vegetation build using eco-methods, set up recycling systems, paint eco murals, attend sustainability workshops, celebrate with live music and more. It’s an adventure for active citizens who want to change their world. – greenpop.org.
28 – 29 June 2018
The Green Youth Indaba – Johannesburg will convene together relevant government officials, private sector and green entrepreneurs as Government and business committed to the employment of young people in green economy activities.The conference is expected to bring together over 300 exceptional young people who are changing the face of the environment in South Africa and those that are aspiring to get into the Environmental industry. These youth and industry experts will come across South Africa to discuss the most pressing Environmental issues, opportunities and skills needed for youth within government, private sector and cities in South Africa. – greenyouthindaba.co.za.
1 – 22 September 2018
The Eden to Addo Great Corridor Hike is an expedition for and about conservation. All money raised contributes to building essential conservation corridors stretching from Knysna to Addo and linking the three mega reserves of the area: The Garden Route National Park, the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site and Addo Elephant National Park. These linkages are vital for preserving biodiversity in times of climate change. Experience 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes and probably some of the wildest areas in South Africa. The Eden to Addo Corridor is certainly the most bio-diverse corridor on the planet with fynbos, forest, thicket, succulent karoo and nama karoo biomes. Just one of the biomes, fynbos, consists of 9000 species of which 6192 are found nowhere else. Nowhere else on earth will you be able to experience such diversity of terrain and species on hike. – edentoaddo.co.za.
7 – 13 October 2018
Natural building course: materials and techniques – Swellendam: If you’re serious about building naturally and sustainably then you’ll know that each technique has pros and cons. The course is designed around the principles of understanding earth, how it works and does not work together. You will leave with the theoretical understanding and practical grounding of a range of techniques and materials, so that you are able to make the most appropriate decisions regarding materials and or sustainability once you are ready to begin your project. – naturalbuildingcollective.com.
8 – 18 November 2018
In-Depth 10 Day Natural Building Workshop at Terra-Khaya – Hogsback: On the Building with Nature and Holistic Living course you will learn and practically explore a variety of natural building techniques, using natural and ‘scalvaged’ recycled materials. Elements and practical applications include Cobbing, Wattle & Daub, Adobe Bricks, Rammed Earth, Cordwood, Rocket Stoves, Cob Ovens, Water Harvesting, Renewable Energy, Recycling & Waste Management, Grey Water Management & Bio-Remediation, Introduction to Permaculture, Site Orientation & Location (Using solar aspects and thermal mass properties of the building materials). Participants will work on building a campers kitchen outdoor kitchen with a rocket stove, adobe benches and work surfaces, using the various techniques outlined above. Also enjoy morning yoga or meditation, sunset at Hogsback’s Secret Waterfall, and a visit to the Eco-Shrine. – terrakhaya.co.za