NatureArt Lab

NEW! Studio and Field Course: ECOLOGY FOR ARTISTS AND CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: 17 May - 7 June 2022 (Beginners)

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Equip yourself with the knowledge and applied skills in ecology to make informed decisions as an artist and citizen scientist! 

The Course:

More than ever before it is important for observers of nature to understand their observations, for use with nature journaling, creative arts practice or nature-inspired photography. This four-week foundation course assumes no prior knowledge of ecology and will cover an introduction to evolutionary biology, taxonomy and ecosystems. You will explore Australia's biota and interactions between animals, plants, fungi as well as co-evolution and co-operation between species. The course touches on human ecology in Australia - 60 million years in the making, and what's happening in today's world with human pressures, the impacts of climate change, pollution, land use, threatened species and novel ecosystems. Using microscopes and dissection kits in our art-science studio, build your scientific knowledge and practical skills. 

This course includes a field trip to look at local ecosystems and adaptations, community classification and citizen science. You will also explore Australian native plants and how they have adapted to their environment in the Southern Tablelands region, and discuss field data collection, survey and monitoring methods.

Date: 17 May - 7 June 2022

Days/Times: Tuesdays 9.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, and various field locations

Our Course Convenor: Rainer Rehwinkel

A life-long naturalist and long-term resident of the Canberra region, Rainer started his career as a horticulturist.  Forevermore a keen gardener, Rainer undertook a Bachelor of Applied Science degree course in Vegetation and Wildlife Management at the University of Canberra, and capped that with an Honours year studying the effects of the growth of native grasses under eucalypts.  He enjoyed a career as an ecologist, with work on projects with the ACT and NSW Government environment departments.  Rainer worked in the NSW system for 20 years, mostly on grasslands and grassy woodlands and their associated fauna and flora, and particularly threatened species. 

A co-author of two popular flora guides for local grassy ecosystems, Rainer has also edited and co-written numerous articles, chapters and reports, co-authored a journal article on the classification of grassland communities, and most recently wrote an entry on south-eastern Australia's grassy ecosystems for the Encyclopedia of the World's Biomes.  Rainer has long held a keen interest in education, and this was a major focus of his work with the NSW Government.  Now retired, Rainer spends his time between advocating for various environmental causes, undertaking land care activities, leading field trips to various grassy ecosystems sites, and as an almost religious every-day activity, birdwatching (both here in Australia and in far-flung parts of the world - Covid-19 permitting!). In 2019, Rainer won the Australian National Individual Landcare Award for his contribution to environmental work in Australia. 


Suitable for people aged 16+: beginners; no prior knowledge of ecology required.


Once you have registered, you will receive an email with a materials list and any details regarding the workshop.

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Equipment: For this course you will need a nature journal and/or notebook, micron pens, pencils (graphite and coloured), a small watercolour field kit, waterbrush, small clear ruler, hand lens or magnifying glass, a laptop with USB port, foldable lightweight stool and a clipboard. 

Refund Policy: Any changes or cancellations made by NatureArt Lab for any reason are 100% refunded or credited (for use on another course). Any cancellations made by the purchaser are refunded (or held in credit) for the total amount LESS a $60 administrative processing fee. Special consideration for waiving the $60 fee for compassionate/ extraordinary circumstances can be granted by NatureArt Lab by writing to

COVID-19 Policy: Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking. This includes showing proof of double vaccination prior to entry at the NatureArt Lab premises, wearing of masks indoors, use of sanitiser on entry and during the course/workshop and maintaining social distancing. Any additional COVID-19 related restrictions and/or requirements will be conveyed by email prior to the course/workshop. This policy will be reviewed and amended as ACT Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout. If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email