About Our Club

The objectives of the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat are to stimulate interest in natural history and to encourage the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

If you are interested in:

  • learning what is around you
  • walking in the local bushland
  • identifying some native birds and plants
  • listening to interesting talks
  • finding out about local native plants
  • learning some history and geology
  • visiting local bushland areas

……then you are welcome to come along to our monthly meetings or field trips listed on the Calendar page.

Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat was formed in 1952. The Field Naturalists have established an outstanding record of commitment to the environment. Since formation, amongst many activities, the club has made contributions to several national natural history databases, participated in tree planting projects, successfully lobbied to ensure preservation of environmentally-significant public land, assisted students in their research, conducted inventories of bush sites, serviced many requests for information about the region’s natural heritage and assisted schools with educational activities. In recognition of their achievements, the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat was presented with a BEN Environment Award in 2002.

The Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat is part of the network of natural history groups making up the South East Australian Naturalists Association. South East Australian Naturalists’ Association organises two camps each year hosted by one of the member groups. The host organise speakers and excursions to the best local bushland areas. The camps are an excellent opportunity to meet people with an interest in the environment and visit interesting areas of south-east Australia.


WHERE: Federation University, cnr Gillies and Gregory Streets, Ballarat.

WHEN: 7:30 pm on the first Friday of every month except January.

Field trips

Start from Federation University car park, cnr Gillies and Gregory Streets, Ballarat, at 9.30 am sharp, usually on the Sunday following meeting.

More information about meetings and field trips on Calendar page.

Contact the club

Write to: Box 328W,  Ballarat West, 3350

email: ballaratfnc@gmail.com


If you are interested in becoming a member please read the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat Constitution and complete the Application Form.  Scan or photograph the completed membership form and email it our secretaryMembership must be approved at a committee meeting prior to payment. If approved you will be notified and the bank details on for payment of the membership fee are on the form.

Policy on ethical use of technology – FNCB Policy- Ethical use of technology on field trips

Life Membership GuidelinesFNCB Life Membership Guidelines- Approved Aug 3, 2018

One response to “About Our Club

  1. I am interested in joining Field Naturalists..I have come to the meeting place tonight..first Friday of month and cannot find anything open..maybe I’m in wrong place but at Fed Uni corner Gillies and Gregory. Look forward to hearing from you. Kay Violini

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