Campfires & Science: Wild DNA at Toolangi

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Love camping? Love science? Get involved!

Campfires and Science is a new and growing community of people who head outdoors, light a campfire, and share knowledge. We lead regular, free events in wild places to support scientific fieldwork and provide hands-on training in the research methods that help us to best protect the environment. Welcome to citizen science!

Join us for the latest ‘Campfires and Science’ event at Toolangi, where we’ll be teaching people how to look for critically endangered animals and leading trips to plant trees and remove invasive species.

We’ll be joined by Taungurung man, Shane Monk, who will give a Welcome to Country and a ‘walk and talk’ education session in the forest. We’ll also be learning how to gather DNA samples in the wild and analyse them in the forest with a portable ‘lab’.

**Please note: a free vegan dinner is included. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate allergies; if you have any special requirements, please ensure you have catered for yourself.

Schedule (please note exact timings may change, check ahead of attending for most up to date information):


10am -1pm restoration work (tree planting)

1pm lunch (bring your own)

2pm eDNA session

3pm-5pm ‘walk and talk’ education session in the forest with Taungurung man Shane Monk

5:30pm free dinner

6pm onwards spotlighting walks and star gazing


10am-12pm – restoration work (tree planting)

12pm-1pm – special guest presentation – close 2pm.

This event is being run in partnership with Deakin University Enviro Club, partly funded by a grant from the State Government of Victoria. ‘Science for All’ is supported by the Royal Society of Victoria.