There are many organisations and associations in Australia that are doing wonderful work in ensuring our country is informed, encouraged and supported in taking care of our naturally beautiful environment. Below are each of the annual events listed on the Australian Nature Wheel 2024.
Further information can be obtained by visiting their websites.
Australian Association for Environmental Education
2-10 March 2024
SeaWeek is Australia’s major national public awareness campaign to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the sea. SeaWeek gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote educational issues of relevance to the marine environment. SeaWeek events are organised and run by environmental and marine educators across the country.
Clean Up Australia
3 March 2024
Clean Up Australia provides free resources and materials to communities, schools and youth groups, supporting Australians everywhere to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. Sign up to receive your free kit and join the nation's largest community-based environmental event.
The National NAIDOC Committee
7-14 July 2024
National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday) to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
28 July 2024
Established in 1996, Planet Ark's National Tree Day has grown into Australia's largest community tree planting and nature care event. The program is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to their community. Each year around 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities.
The Wattle Day Association Inc
1 September 2024
Golden Wattle is Australia’s national floral emblem and the first day of the Australian spring, 1 September, is National Wattle Day. Australia is the land of the wattle. There are more than 1,070 wattle species belonging to the genus Acacia, and nearly all of these are endemic to Australia.
7 September 2024
WWF tells us over 565 native species are currently listed as threatened under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, and after the catastrophic bushfires in 2019-20 with nearly 3 billion animals impacted, many of these species are being pushed further towards extinction.
Australian Wildlife Society
1-7 October 2024
Australian Wildlife Week is celebrated across Australia during the first week of October to encourage a positive relationship between humanity and nature.
The Society is committed to the preservation of Australia’s unique native wildlife (flora and fauna) through national environmental education, public awareness, advocacy, community involvement, as well as practical hands-on wildlife conservation projects.
Join thousands of people from across Australia to take part in the Aussie Bird Count. Simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on the ‘Aussie Bird Count’ app or on their website. You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted in your neighbourhood, and the whole of Australia.
Australian Water Association
21-27 October 2024
National Water Week makes a splash across Australia each year by inspiring communities and organisations to work together on water issues and future fixes. National Water Week reminds everyone that water must be used wisely – and celebrates water innovation and achievements supporting Australia's sustainable future.
FrogID Week is Australia’s biggest frog count, held annually for Australians to help record frog calls through the free FrogID app (accessed via their website), as a measurement of frog health and distribution around the nation. It aims to monitor frog distributions over time, helping us to understand how frogs and their ecosystems are responding to a changing planet.
Wheen Bee Foundation
9-17 November 2024
Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during our southern spring. It is a designated week when community, business and organisations can come together to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs.
The Foundation states an estimated 1650 species of native bees have been discovered and named in Australia in the last 200 years.