Friday 23 March is National Eucalypt Day. The University of Tasmania will join organisations across Australia to celebrate Australia’s iconic eucalypts. The School of Natural Sciences, the ARC Training Centre for Forest Value and the Morris Miller Library are teaming up with the Tasmanian Herbarium and the Sustainability Learning Centre to bring a week of displays and activities to the Hobart community.
Make some time to wander up to the foyer of the Life Sciences Building in Sandy Bay, where you will find a vibrant display of all-things-Eucalyptus, from scientific posters, historical documents, wood products and weird gum nuts to medicinal products and exotic beverages. The display will also include a film featuring the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network’s observatories that intensively monitor eucalypt ecosystems across the country from towers high above forest canopies.
The university’s festivities will culminate at lunchtime on Friday 23rd March with a tour of notable eucalypts growing in the gardens of the Sandy Bay campus, guided by world-renown eucalypt biologists and authors of the popular eucalypt field guide “Eucaflip”, Professor Brad Potts and Dr Rob Wiltshire. The 45 minute stroll around campus will depart at 12:30 pm from the upper end of the Churchill Avenue overpass, outside the Life Sciences building.
And for younger eucalypt enthusiasts, on Friday afternoon (3:15-4:30 pm) the Sustainability Learning Centre at Mount Nelson will be offering an interpretive ‘Walk on the Darkside!’ where families will explore Mount Nelson’s eucalypt forests to discover the intriguing transformations that occur after a bushfire.
You can also join the fun online by sharing your favourite eucalypts through image and story using the #EucBeaut18 hashtag, and celebrate the iconic eucalypt trees on university campuses across the country at #EucsOnCampus in a friendly #EucOff among universities.
Displays at the Life Sciences Building and in the Morris Miller Library will be open for viewing all week, 19– 23 March. National Eucalypt Day events at the University are sponsored by ‘Eucalypt Australia’, a Charitable Trust dedicated to promoting Australia’s eucalypts.