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Our Wildwatch Program is all about connecting kids with nature.

Research over the past decade has built up an impressive body of evidence demonstrating the value of connecting children with nature in a way that results in an increase in environmental knowledge, a deeper, more personal, understanding of the way their world functions, academic gains, and higher social and emotional functioning, especially in self-esteem, calculated risk taking and confidence. (AAEE website)

Wildwatch is an opportunity for children (and families) to engage in a program that promotes a love of nature, opportunities to observe nature and grow in knowledge, skills and understanding.

By signing up to Wildwatch, your children will receive:

  • A Wildwatch Pack - including a certificate, badge, a Wildwatch family membership card, our current newsletter and a set of Wildwatch Fact Cards
  • a Wildwatch Diary - to record your nature observations
  • a bi-monthly kid friendly newsletter
  • special invitations to family friendly events and activities (eg. tree planting events, bushwalks, citizen science events etc)
  • invitations to participate in 4 Wildwatch "actions"each year - eg. monitor the birds in your backyard

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Click here to sign up to Wildwatch!

  

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OEH ETlogoThe Wildwatch program is supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust

 

CEN is interested in your perceptions and knowledge of urban animals, and the impact your relationship with nature has on your life. 

This survey is part of the CEN's Urban Wildlife Project, supported by the NSW government through its Environmental Trust. The project aims to raise awareness and encourage people to learn about animals in urban areas on the Central Coast of NSW. 

When answering the questions, please consider your local area (street, suburb) as the ‘urban’ environment. You do not have to answer all the questions if you do not wish to, and no question is compulsory. 
We are very keen to hear from as many people as possible – including people who are not interested in wildlife or nature. Please forward this survey to as many Central Coast residents as possible!
 
Want to find out more? - then email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OEH ETlogoThe Urban Wildlife Project is supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust

 

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As part of our 20th Anniversary Celebrations, CEN will be holding an Amateur Photographic Competition.

Objectives of the Competition: 

To showcase the Environment of the Central Coast. That is, the flora and fauna, native to the region and the beaches, waterways and landforms from the Hawkesbury River in the south to the Hunter River in the north. The western boundary is defined by the McPherson, Olney and Wattagan State Forests.  

Competition Categories:

  • Youth: a person under the age of 18 years
  • Adult: a person over the age of 18 years
  • Monochrome: is defined as any print containing shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out it must be over the whole image.
  • Colour: any photograph which is not monochrome, including monochrome images which have been partially toned or had colour added will be classed as colour prints.
  • Flora: flowers, trees, shrubs native to the Central Coast
  • Fauna: land, sea or air-borne native to the Central Coast (including insects or migratory birds which visit the Central Coast)
  • Waterways, Underwater and Landforms: includes the beaches, creeks, rivers, waterfalls, wetlands, underwater and natural geographical features of the Central Coast.

Entry Fee and payment:

 $8:00 per photograph

Key Dates:
  • Entries are to be received by 4:30 pm on Wednesday 17th May 2017
  • Exhibition Dates: Friday 26th May to Wednesday 31st May 2017 at The Entrance Gallery
  • On Wednesday 31st May 2017 collect from the Gallery between the hours of noon and 3pm

For further details - pdfDownload our Terms and Conditions / Entry Form.

ONLINE ENTRY FORM

For more information - phone Barbara - ph: 4332 3597 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wyong and Wyee residents have banded together to oppose the proposed Warnervale Airport.

Make your voice heard - and ensure that the proposal to increase the capacity of Warnervale airport is not carried forward in the Central Coast Regional Plan.

Do not accept Wyong Council’s proposal for a B737 and A320 capable 1800m jet airport with flight paths over your home.

The Central Coast Draft Regional Plan is currently on exhibition - submissions close on 28 February, 2016.

What you can do to help:

Click here to complete an online submission to Department of Planning

Want to find out about some of the good and bad things that are happening with decision makers in relation to the Gosford environment and efforts to achieve environmental sustainability?

Sign up to the Gosford Observer here

Read the latest Gosford Observer

The Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of reserves supporting natural vegetation that are managed by Gosford Council for a number of environmental and community values. COSS lands provide important ecological habitats (or homes) and essential linkages (wildlife corridors) for diverse fauna and flora. These natural areas are also popular places for leisure and relaxation with residents and visitors alike.

Click here to join the Friends of COSS. IT'S FREE!

The Community Environment Network (CEN) is proud to offer the services of a professional Bush Regeneration Team. CEN has been conducting professional Bush Regeneration Services for over 6 years.

CEN News Headlines

  • CEN 20th Anniversary Amateur Photographic Competition

    As part of our 20th Anniversary Celebrations, CEN will be holding an Amateur Photographic Competition. Objectives of the Competition:  To showcase the Environment of the Central Coast. That is, the flora and fauna, native to the region and the beaches, waterways and landforms from the Hawkesbury River in the south

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  • Central Coast Urban Wildlife Survey 2017

    CEN is interested in your perceptions and knowledge of urban animals, and the impact your relationship with nature has on your life.  This survey is part of the CEN's Urban Wildlife Project, supported by the NSW government through its Environmental Trust. The project aims to raise awareness and encourage people to learn about animals in urban areas

    Read More
  • Wildwatch - Connecting Kids with Nature

    Our Wildwatch Program is all about connecting kids with nature. Research over the past decade has built up an impressive body of evidence demonstrating the value of connecting children with nature in a way that results in an increase in environmental knowledge, a deeper, more personal, understanding of the way

    Read More
  • Join the Friends of COSS

    The Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of reserves supporting natural vegetation that are managed by Gosford Council for a number of environmental and community values. COSS lands provide important ecological habitats (or homes) and essential linkages (wildlife corridors) for diverse fauna and flora. These natural areas are

    Read More
  • Residents Oppose Warnervale Airport proposal

    Wyong and Wyee residents have banded together to oppose the proposed Warnervale Airport. Make your voice heard - and ensure that the proposal to increase the capacity of Warnervale airport is not carried forward in the Central Coast Regional Plan. Do not accept Wyong Council’s proposal for a B737 and A320

    Read More
  • CEN Bush Regen Team Available

    The Community Environment Network (CEN) is proud to offer the services of a professional Bush Regeneration Team. CEN has been conducting professional Bush Regeneration Services for over 6 years.

    Read More
  • Sign up to Gosford Observer

    Want to find out about some of the good and bad things that are happening with decision makers in relation to the Gosford environment and efforts to achieve environmental sustainability? Sign up to the Gosford Observer here Read the latest Gosford Observer

    Read More
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