Located on the north half of Kooragang Island, known locally by its historic name – Ash Island
Our vision is for an estuary in which healthy, restored fisheries and other wildlife habitat is in balance with a thriving port, the whole providing opportunities for research, education and recreation for people.
To help redress the loss of fisheries, shorebird, threatened species and other wildlife habitat in the Hunter Estuary due to clearing, draining and filling over the past 200 years by conserving, restoring and improving Kooragang Wetlands for nature conservation.
To link applied research to wetland management and develop complementary opportunities for research, environmental education, recreation and nature-based tourism and demonstrate that local industry and conservation can work together.
As a volunteer group we have to raise our own funds.
For those who wish to make a simple donation https://donorbox.org/grow-a-native-forest
Volunteers are welcomed and can register with the Hunter Volunteer Centre which has information on roles available.
We are a sociable, family friendly place to find fulfilling and meaningful volunteer role. Visit Hunter Volunteer Centre https://hvc.org.au/Donate Now
The Friends of the Schoolmasters House Inc. (FOTSH) occupy the historic cottage once home to the headmasters of the local Ash Island school. Amongst the projects Friends volunteers are working on are :-
Digitising a library of books, photos and other important material they have relating to the area’s history to make sure it is protected for the future.
Knit’n Sew for Wildlife – making bedding and other items used by registered wildlife carers for care of rescued and injured native animals in the Hunter region. Care and maintenance of the Schoolmasters House (SMH) building.More Info
A great place to see restoration of fisheries, shorebird, frog and rainforest habitat.
Walk, cycle, picnic, fish, birdwatch, discover the past.
Natural resource managers can learn about sustainable care of the environment from Aboriginal culture.
Ecological restoration for a healthier estuary continues through the Hunter Estuary Program of Hunter Local Land Services.
Planting Day – Third Sunday of the Month
8.30am start in Summer Time then 9.30am after daylight saving ends.
Location: Sometimes at the Rainforest extension in the former City Farm Community Garden, otherwise in the Schoolmasters area.
Anzac Day Ceremony April 25 2023.
To be held at the 131 Radar Station buildings on Milham Road Ash Island.
Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, Flypast, Wreath laying.
I can honestly say that I get so much out of volunteering.
I have made many friends and I am not just sitting at home doing nothing.
It’s great to know that all the funds we help to raise are used locally.
I really enjoy coming in to the Wetlands.
I came to volunteer thinking that it would be like any other volunteering place, but I was wrong. I have performed many and varied voluntary jobs.