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Bookings to Chris 2131161 0r email with workshop title in subject line. If you are interested in any of the workshops held previously contact Chris to discuss the possiblity of holding them again.
Friday afternoon 18 December 2020 - Soap Making with Honorlea - workshop details
Weekend 17-18 October 2020 - Jo Ogier Art Workshop - Making your own Nature Journal or Sketch book - workshop details
Wednesday 2 and 9 September 2020 - Native Plant ID with Jesse Bythell
Wednesday 12 August 2020 - Litter Intelligence Education Programme Engagement Day Event for Educators
Friday Workshops series - Friday 10 July 2020 – Setting up a Community Nursery - Chris, Friday 3 July 2020 – Principles of Permaculture and Forest Gardens – Geoff, Friday 26 June 2020 – Vegetable Gardening in Southland – Bronwyn, Friday 19 June 2020 – Native Plant Cuttings Workshop - Linda, Friday 12 June 2020 – Native Plant Cuttings Workshop - Linda
Saturday 14 March 2020 - Workshop with Rob Tipa - Author of “Treasures of Tāne” - workshop details
Weekend 7-8 March 2020 - Nature Journaling Art Workshop with Sandra Morris and Jo Ogier - workshop details
Monday 24-25 February 2020 - Pest Control Workshop
Weekend 12-13 October 2019 - Jo Ogier Art Workshop - Drawing Birds - Workshop Details
Saturday 5 October 2019 - Apple Grafting with Guytons - Workshop Details
Sunday 18 August 2019 - Bugman Ruud Kleinpaste - Teachers Workshop - Workshop Details
Saturday 25 May 2019 - Honorlea Mangion - Natural Body Products Workshop - Workshop Details
Weekend 11-12 May 2019 - Jo Ogier Art Workshop - Workshop Details
Monday 6 May 2019 Full Day Native Plant Identification Workshop SIT students
Friday 3 May 2019 - Afternoon Apple Pressing Workskop - 1-3pm
Monday 29 April 2019 - Full Day Native Plant Identification Workshop SIT students
Saturday 26 January 2019 - An Afternoon with Rob Tipa - Traditional Uses of Native Plants. Workshop Details
19 January 2019 - Introduction to Permaculture - Geoff Dembo. Workshop Details
Workshops held in 2018
16-17 October 2018 – Bird Identification Workshop with Peter Handford
Friday 20 July 2018 – Native Plant propagation from Cuttings Workshop with Chris
Saturday 12 May 2018 - Natural Body Products Workshop with Honorlea Mangion. Workshop Details
Friday 11 May 2018 - Apple Pressing Workshop – Southland Community Nursery – 1pm-4pm (park at 183 Grant Road car park). Bring along your apples to press in Malcolm McKenzies Cider Press - $5 donation.
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018 - Printmaking with Jo Ogier - $100 for 2 days. Booking essential. Details for the Printmaking Workshop
23 April and 27 April - Native plant ID Plant Workshop “Know your Southland Natives” with Jesse Bythell
Saturday 14 April and Saturday 21 April 2018 - Flax Weaving with Kelly Crawford - Introduction to Weaving level 3. Details for the Weaving Workshop
Wednesday 7 March 2018 - Foraging with Maggie and Chris – meet 183 Grant Road, Otatara carpark at 6.30pm - $5 per person. No booking required. Details for the Foraging Workshop. Foraging Information Sheet
Saturday 25 November 2017 - Natural Body Products Christmas Workshop with Honorlea Mangion - $100 for the day. Booking essential contact – Honorlea 0211611204 or email
Saturday and Sunday 7-8 October 2017 - Two Day Art Workshop with Jo Ogier - $100 for 2 days or $75 for a single day. Bookings essential -
Saturday 26 August 2017 - Soap making with Honorlea Mangion - $60 for the day (including tutoring and products made). Booking essential contact – Honorlea 0211611204 or email
Sunday 2 July 2017 - Apple Pruning with Guytons - 2 sessions 10am-noon and 1pm-3pm. Learn all about heritage apple varieties, the Southland Open Orchard project and all about rootstock, equipment and techniques needed for pruning and do some hands on pruning at Rances. Subsidised by the Community Nursery - Only $5 per person - Bookings Essential
17 June 2017 - Matariki Night (including swede carving, candle making and shared food!) - Kiwi Conservation Club families 5-7pm (bring a torch and food), then 7pm-9pm (bring supper to share).
22 April 2017 and 20 May 2017 - Natural Body products Workshops with Honorlea Mangion. Booking essential. Basic 1 – lip balm, massage bars, bath salts and salt scrub.
10 April 2017 - Know your Southland Natives - Jesse Bythell and Chris Rance.
Sunday 26 March 2017 - Nature Photography for Beginners - Wynston Cooper and Dawn Patterson - 10am-1.30pm. $20 per person, limited to 10 people. Booking essential.
Wednesday 8 March 2017 - Foraging with Maggie and Chris - 6.30pm-8pm - $5
Native Seed collecting workshops with Chris– Friday 19 February 2016 (gold coin donation)
Kiwi Conservation Club trips with Bronwyn Saturday 12 March 2016 – 2-4pm, Saturday 18 June 2016, Saturday 13 August 2016, Sunday 6 November 2016. (Bronwyn KCC 213 0017)
Native Plant Sale– Sunday 17 April 2016 – 1-3pm
Apple Pressing Workshopwith Malcolm – Friday 13 May 2016 – 1-3pm ($5 donation)
Teachers Workshop with Ruud “The Bugman” Kleinpaste - Sunday 15 May 2016 9.30am-11.30am - Free Free Teachers workshop with renowned environmental education advocate and entomologist Ruud (The Bugman) Kleinpaste. Ruud will inspire and challenge as he leads us into the nurseries bush trails to do “true enquiry learning” in all curricular aspects. Bookings are essential and numbers are limited. Contact Chris Rance at the nursery: email: – please put Ruud Workshop in subject line and copy email to
Natural Body Products Workshop with Honorlea - Saturday 21 May 2016 and Saturday 11 June 2016 – 9.30am-2.30pm - $60 Limited to 10 people. Booking Essential). Workshop Details
Matariki Night Celebration (BYO Supper to share) – Saturday 18 June 2016 – 7-9pm. KCC Children’s Activity 5-7pm
Apple Pruning Workshops with the Guytons – Saturday 23 July 2016 (and or 20, 21 July).Booking Essential
Apple Grafting Workshops with the Guytons– Saturday 24 September (and/or 21,22 September). Booking Essential
Previous Community Nursery Workshops
Foraging with Maggie, Linda and Chris October 2015
- Workshop Description - Foraging with Maggie, Linda and Chris
Jo Ogier Art Workshop October 2015
- Workshop Description “Field Sketching and Nature Journaling”
Jo Ogier Art Workshops February 2015
- Workshop Description Jo Ogier Art Workshops