Heritage Open Day

Take a step into the world at the centre of 20th century environmental education to celebrate International Day for Monuments & Sites.

Two guided tours will bring to life the rich heritage to be found around Wirrimbirra Sanctuary Gardens, the Field Studies Centre and Visitors Centre.

The Field Studies Centre (FSC) was developed, with Thistle Stead (botanist and educator) and Allen Strom (father of the NSW National Parks and Wildllife Service) as driving forces, along with support of the NSW Education Department. Designed as the model for all future FSC’s, Wirrimbirra was the heart of environmental education from the mid 1960’s.

Many of the buildings and surrounds were designed by Milo Dunphy, a noted conservationist and architect. The Visitors Centre has evolved over 50 years, continuing to maintain the culture of its origins with more modern use.

The gardens are designed for educational purpose and casual interaction with nature, arranged in plantations centred on various species or ecosystems. Full of reminders of those who have contributed to conservation and Wirrimbirra, memorials are scattered throughout the sanctuary. Of course, the sanctuary is also the home of the ‘Wirrimbirra White’ Waratah.

Location: Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, 3105 Remembrance Drive, Bargo.
Date: Sunday 23 April 2017
Time: Tours start at 10:00 and 12:00
Cost: $10.00 each
Enquiries by phone (4684 1112), email (president@steadfoundation.net) or online (www.wirrimbirra.com.au).