Green Gym Northern Rivers

Green Gym – Northern Rivers

Green Gym for Unpaid Carers

Do you provide unpaid support to a child, parent, friend or another family member?
Could you benefit from taking a bit of time out for yourself?
Would you like to enjoy the company of nice people, and want to try something that’s fun, healthy and that is also good for the environment and your local community?

Green Gym for Carers is a free outdoor program for unpaid Carers in Ballina, Tweed Heads and Lismore reserves, to help improve health and wellbeing by reducing stress and being active. As part of a group, Carers will spend time with other Carers during sessions where they can take time out for themselves in a social setting. Immersion in nature has proven benefits to mental wellbeing, and that’s where Green Gym comes in; it’s a great opportunity to learn new skills and help improve the environment while being active in nature.  Green Gym programs will take place within some our region’s most scenic sites at Pottsville Beach, East Ballina Coastline and Wilsons River.

What’s Involved?

Each three-hour session starts with a safety briefing and session overview, followed by a warm up before getting into the day’s tasks. Mid-session you will have a break for refreshments and a healthy snack. Activities will continue until it is time to cool down before wrapping up the session. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquil settings with a like-minded group of people as you go at your own pace – take it as easy as you like or make it more challenging, it’s up to you!

Current Northern Rivers Projects

Green Gym sessions will start in September, taking advantage of the lovely Spring climate! To register for a weekly session on a Northern Rivers Green Gym for unpaid Carers program, please register by selecting your preferred project below. It is only necessary to register once to participate in a Green Gym project.
If you would like to speak to someone regarding Green Gym registering, please contact your local office or call the Conservation Officer on (02) 6681 6169.

Green Gym for Carers is proudly supported by NSW Family and Community Services.

Set within the stunning scenery of the East Ballina coastline, activities include growing seedlings, dune revegetation, light hand weeding and learning about native plants and wildlife and their care. The location offers lots of opportunities to take in the view, embark on guided coastal walks, dabble in some nature photography and meet like-minded people.

In this tranquil environment, Green Gym is an opportunity to focus on your own health.

There will be plenty of cups of tea and coffee, and healthy snacks will be on offer. The venue is close to all amenities, and transport can be arranged.

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A welcoming and flexible program, Green Gym is a way to connect with nature while improving fitness and wellbeing. Set within the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, activities include growing seedlings, maintenance of garden beds and trails, guided walks and talks, nature photography and learning about native plants and wildlife and their care.

Situated a short distance outside Lismore, the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens are a wonderful place to visit with big colourful information signs, individual tree labels, paths, seats, picnic areas and of course a superb collection of local rainforest plants. It is great place to explore and a delightful place to just be. Guided walks are encouraged and an added attraction is the native wildlife. In this tranquil environment, Green Gym is an opportunity to focus on your own health and meet like-minded people.

There will be plenty of cups of tea and coffee, and healthy snacks will be on offer. The venue is well shaded and covered with close access to bathrooms.

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Set within the stunning scenery of the Tweed coastline at Pottsville Beach, activities include growing seedlings, dune revegetation, light hand weeding and learning about native plants and wildlife and their care. The location offers lots of opportunities to take in the view, embark on guided coastal walks, dabble in some nature photography and meet like-minded people.

In this tranquil environment, Green Gym is an opportunity to focus on your own health.

There will be plenty of cups of tea and coffee, and healthy snacks will be on offer. The venue is close to all amenities, and transport can be arranged.

Register for this project