The Orange Field Naturalist and Conservation Society Inc. (OFNCS) is a voluntary, not for profit incorporated association. The society aims to 

foster interest in and enjoyment of all aspects of natural history by means of field studies and excursions, informative presentations at monthly meetings and through newsletters and our website. We encourage participation in the conservation of the environment for the benefit of the people of Orange now and into the future through representations to the media and all levels of government on issues of both local and wider significance.

The society welcomes new members of any age and background. No natural history experience needed.

Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis
Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis

A species which is endemic to Mount Canobolas

Prasophyllum sp
Prasophyllum sp

Prasophyllum sp. endemic to the Canobolas volcanic complex

Biodiversity Day
Biodiversity Day

A great day in the Orange Botanic Gardens with members helping the public to understand nature.

Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis
Canobolas Candlebark E. canobolensis

A species which is endemic to Mount Canobolas


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Upcoming Events:

General Meetings: are held on the second Thursday of each month (February to December) at the Senior Citizens and Pensioners Centre (on opposite side of Woolworths carpark to Harris Farm). Meetings begin at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome to attend.


Upcoming Meeting: 

Thursday, 10th June, 2021 at 7.30 pm

Our meeting tonight has been postponed until Thursday 8 July due to snow.

Speaker: Dr Andrew Rawson and Rosemary Stapleton - Mt Canobolas Post-Fire Artefact Surveys

Committee Meeting at 6.30pm 

Excursions: to local areas of interest are held on Sunday morning, following the monthly meeting. Meet at Orange High School bus bay for a 9.00 am departure. Bring morning tea.


Upcoming Excursion: 

Sunday, 13th June, 10am

NSW Plant Pathology & Mycology Herbarium with Dr Jordan Bailey

(Registration required - see June Newsletter for details.)



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Eucalypt canobolensis Regeneration 1.jpg
Pelargonium australe, overlooking Devils

Mount Canobolas recovery after the February, 2018 bushfire 

Planned Meetings, Speakers and Excursions for 2021 

11 Feb.  Committee Meeting and AGM, Members' photos from 2020       14 Feb. Mt Canobolas - picnic tea and spotlighting

11 Mar.  Dr Colin Bower - Autumn Flowering Orchids in Central West      14 Mar. Conimbla National Park

 8 Apr.  Steve Woodhall - Mt Canobolas SCA Infrastucture Upgrades.      11 Apr. Mt Canobolas with NPWS

13 May  Isobel Colson - A Year in Kew Gardens                                    16 May Mt Canobolas Fungi Survey

10 June Meeting postponed due to snow.                                           13 Jun. Visit Biosecurity Collection-Dr Jordan Bailey

 8 July  Dr Andrew Rawson - Mt Canobolas Post-fire Artefact Surveys    11 

12 Aug.  Jake Hansen - Snakes                                                           15

 9 Sept. Jess Peterie - Purple-Copper Butterfly.                                    12

 7 Oct.   Alison Dowling - Bryophytes                                                 17 Oct. Mt Canobolas with Alison Dowling         

11 Nov.  Cilla Kinross - CSU Peregrines - Study Outcomes.                     14

 9 Dec.  Planning Meeting                                                                 12 Dec. Christmas Party with ECCO