After battling wild wind, rain and floods to get there, the weekend was a huge success.
On Friday guides were updated on the work currently being undertaken at popular sites and boardwalks in the Daintree National Park by Queensland Parks and Wildlife staff, learned about Tangaroa Blue’s efforts to clean up our coasts, went behind the scenes at Wildlife Habitat and found out how they can contribute to the work of FNQ Wildlife Rescue.
On Saturday the weather was a little more kind as participants headed out to the beach and into the mangroves with Brandon Walker from Kuku-Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours. The cultural knowledge that Brandon shared with the guides was definitely a highlight of the weekend!
The afternoon was spent at Mossman Gorge where guides heard from Chris O’Dowd from Venture Deeper who combines education with engaging rainforest interpretation with a special focus on plant chemistry and medicine. In his spare time Chris is also a local snake handler and brought in some friendly (non-venomous) slithery creatures to introduce to our guides.
The weekend was also a chance recognise our newly accredited Wet Tropics Tour Guides. These guides have completed three online units in Flora and Fauna, Indigenous Culture and Guiding Techniques as well as attending one (or more) of our field schools.
At the March field school we welcomed 15 newly accredited guides who have achieved great results through the course and will make wonderful ambassadors for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.