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BOOKEND is a school and community education program that engages people with the world around them in positive ways. You can read more about our core philosophies and programs here, or visit our school interface here.


  • HOT TOPIC: Fiji Power: an online educational competition to engage Australian high school students to create innovative renewable energy solutions for Fijian medical centres. The winning students are sent with our expert team to install their renewable power solutions in remote areas in Fiji, learning on the ground and reporting their experiences back to online school audiences watching in Australia. Find out more here.


BE A COOL SCHOOL : Want to tell the world what makes your primary school great? Join our COOL SCHOOLS program and work with your class to make a video postcard about what's good, interesting or unusual about your school! Don't have any experience making videos? No problem - follow our easy guide! Find out more here.


ALBATROSS EXHIBITION - SALAMANCA - 8 July - 2 AUG 2016: For those in Hobart, the photographic content of the On Albatross Island Exhibition plus a some new artistic interpretations, all in support of our Tasmanian Albatross Fund, are heading to the Wild Island Tasmania Gallery in Salamanca - until 2 August. Find out more here.


MORE ACCOLADES: As we work crazily to complete production of the full SIXTEEN LEGS documentary, we are very pleased to announce that our behind-the-scenes film '16 Legs: Spider Love' has drawn in yet more accolades. It has just been announced as a 2016 CINE Golden Eagle Finalist at the 59th CINE Golden Eagle Awards in Washington. The judge's feedback includes the following comments: "Pristine production quality, unique and interesting story, good music soundtrack. Even the interviews were beautifully shot." ; "Almost perfect natural science history film, using great storytelling techniques and technology to bring totally new information to audiences. Overall pacing is spot on." ; "This piece really held my attention. Your two interviewees were very interesting and the editing between the two was very well done. The images that were used were extremely impressive."

Given that notable CINE alumni include Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, John Lasseter, Ken Burns and Barbara Kopple among others, we're very happy with these comments. '16 Legs: Spider Love' has now screened at 5 international film festivals outside Australia, including the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, and it has been a finalist at all of them, as well as accruing ACS cinematography awards and being launched at our very own BOFA Film Festival in Tas. This sets the scene for the main event very nicely indeed!



CIRQUE 2 SEA - 2016 ADVENTURE LEARNING EXPEDITION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS ACROSS AUSTRALIA (on now until August 2016): Our lessons for Kinder to Year 6. have been uploaded and they are freely available at www.expeditionclass.com. Use them before, during and after the month long expedition down the Derwent River in August!


FIJI POWER 2016 - YEAR 9 & 10 STUDENT COMPETITION (on now): Design an energy-efficient backup system for a remote Fijian medical centre, and then head there to install it! Find out how here.


SIXTEEN LEGS EXHIBITION - KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA (28 Sept - 20 October 2016): Australia’s deepest caves hide animals surviving from the first age of the dinosaurs and the splitting of the continents. Enter a world full of weird animals and unusual rock formations, overseen by still-living, giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates! Come and see this Exhibition in its last Tasmanian showing before it heads back to South Australia and NSW. MORE INFO SOON 

SIXTEEN LEGS EXHIBITION - AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, SYDNEY, NSW (preview 12-26 August 2016, exhibition 28 October - 16 July 2017):  MORE INFO SOON   




SUPPORT OUR WORK: Our beautiful SIXTEEN LEGS books are hot off the presses. Orders are already supporting a student scholarship to undertake further research into cave environments.  SIXTEEN LEGS: A Visit to the Queen of the Dark showcases the production art developed for the project, which weaves the science of the story into a dark fairytale suitable for younger audiences. The book also includes an explanation of the science, an essay from NEIL GAIMAN on his connection to Tasmania and the project, and the history of the Bookend program.  SIXTEEN LEGS: Kinky Love showcases Joe Shemesh's award-winning cinematography in all its glory, as well as the background to the creation of the Enter the Cave Exhibition and the student works it includes. Ordering information, including a discount on buying both books together can be found at www.sixteenlegs.com




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The above link will take you to the Sixteen Legs fundraiser, where you can purchase related products, or DONATE to support the project. If fundraising exceeds the threshold, you will automatically be entered into the draw with one chance per $ spent to be flown to Tasmania from anywhere around the globe to spend time with Bookend patron NEIL GAIMAN, to be a part of the filming of SIXTEEN LEGS, and to experience Tasmania’s unique wilderness, animals and tourist sights. FIND OUT MORE


ALBATROSS EXHIBITION - Post-launch feast - 8 July: If you're attending the launch and looking for somewhere to eat, why not Wine & Dine for Conservation - a 5 course degustation with matching wines at Restaurant Tasman Hobart from 7pm. 5% of wine sales will benefit our Tasmanian Albatross Fund. Booking info in the picture below!


SIXTEEN LEGS EXHIBITION in LAUNCESTON (8 April-19 June 2016): Australia’s deepest caves hide animals surviving from the first age of the dinosaurs and the splitting of the continents. Enter a world full of weird animals and unusual rock formations, overseen by still-living, giant prehistoric spiders the size of dinner plates! Come and see this Exhibition in its last Tasmanian showing before it heads back to South Australia and NSW. MORE INFO  OPENING SOON 


ON ALBATROSS ISLAND Exhibition at the Moonah Arts Centre (until 21 May 2016): A beautiful collection of albatross photographs and artworks by Matthew Newton and Richard Wastell, can still be seen at the Moonah Arts Centre until May 21 (opening hours 10am to 5pm Tues to Fri. & 11am to 3pm Sat).


SIXTEEN LEGS EXHIBITION still on in ULVERSTONE: (November 2015-March 2016): Walk into the spooky setting of an everyday street taken over by giant spiders, from shopfronts covered in silk to a combined photo & art exploration of caves in Tasmania and around the world! After hit showings in Hobart and South Australia, this display has now come to northern Tasmania. MORE INFO  CLOSING 29 MARCH!!!!


ON ALBATROSS ISLAND and ALBATROSSITY EXHIBITIONS: launching 4 December, 2015 at the QUEEN VICTORIA MUSEUM in Launceston. Our Search for the Shy Albatross may be over, but the Tasmanian Albatross Fund kicks into gear with not one but two great exhibitions: one a collaboration between photographer Matthew Newton and artist Richard Wastell; the other a collection of artworks from students inspired by this story. CLOSING SOON!!!!


ANTARCTIC EXPERIENCE 2016 (10-15 Feb 2016): Would you like to fly over Antarctica? Visit IMAS, CSIRO and the AAD? Learn about Antarctic and Southern Ocean research from actual researchers? Take part in this fantastic Antarctic science opportunity open to teachers, students and parents. MORE INFO


TREK TO EVEREST 2015: Bookend is once again pleased to be supporting a Tasmanian student expedition to the Himalayas - and you can catch up on their daily reports here.



TASMANIAN ALBATROSS FUNDRAISING CRUISE (12 Dec 2015): Help support conservation work on the Shy Albatross, while also taking the unique opportunity to see these birds in the wild with the award-winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys crew accompanied by researcher Dr Rachael Alderman and 2013 Tasmanian of the Year, Andrew Hughes.


PUBLIC PRESENTATION EVENING 2015: The Bookend Trust’s FREE ANNUAL PUBLIC PRESENTATION NIGHT will be held at 7pm on Thurs, 3 December 2015 at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS (Churchill Avenue), with Special Guest Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania. Please RSVP either to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR via the Facebook event page to reserve a space. MORE INFO


FIJI POWER 2015 (October 2015): A team of Australian School students have come up with a renewable energy solution for a vaccination fridge in a remote Fijian medical centre … And now they are setting off to Fiji to put their ideas into practice! Find out more about this project by following the posts here over the next two weeks or heading to our expedition page at www.expeditionclass.com.


NEW WEBSITE: The Bookend Trust is pleased to announce the upgrade of our online education portal at www.expeditionclass.com - visit the new page and see what we have planned for the year ahead!



SOUTH AUSTRALIA: The SIXTEEN LEGS Enter the Cave Exhibition heads to Naracoorte in South Australia as part of the biennial conference of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association (ACKMA). It will be open to the public at various times, working around the schedule of the conference. Read more details via the Exhibition Flyer or via the Naracoorte Lucindale Council. For more information on the SIXTEEN LEGS project, including links to the artists' decriptions of their own works, CLICK HERE.


The Bookend Trust’s FREE annual public presentation night will be held at 7pm on Weds, 26 November 2014 at the Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS (Churchill Avenue). This will include an encore showing of Joe Shemesh's award-winning cinematography that has previously been seen at the world-famous Banff Mountain Film Festival in Canada and the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival in Launceston, where it co-premiered on the same day earlier this month. As well as showcasing Joe’s outstanding footage, the evening will also present works from upcoming Tasmanian students, including Sophie Ambler (Clarence) and Julia Parker (Smithton), who have won Antarctic flights as a result of their achievements. If you want to see this, and hear about the big year we’ve had supporting Tasmanian students, please RSVP either to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR via the Facebook event page to reserve a space.


16 LEGS: SPIDER LOVE,   a behind-the-scenes glimpse of SIXTEEN LEGS, shared a dual-hemisphere global premiere in Australia and Canada on 9 November at the Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival in Launceston, Tasmania, and the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Alberta, Canada.


The biennial National Conference of the AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION was in Hobart on 2-4 November, the first time in 17 years, and Bookend was there with parts of the SIXTEEN LEGS Enter the Cave Exhibition and a presentation from Andrew Hughes and Cave ART students.



Rosny Barn, launching 5pm, 15 August, then open 16-24 August - FREE EVENT 

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Royal Society Room, TMAG, 8pm on 5 August - FREE EVENT

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Do you have an interest in copyright issues and the use of online resources in the digital world? Bookend is pleased to host a presentation on these topics next Friday (27 June) from 2pm to 5pm at the IMAS Waterfront Building in Hobart


Coastal Waste Project presentations/workshops




UPDATES: Since the start of 2014, our regular updates have been provided via the following website and social media links.

For regular updates, see our Expedition Class page (daily updates during expedition periods), the Lynchpin page, and for the most frequently updated information "BookendTrust" (no space) on Facebook,   Twitter and YouTube. An additional Facebook group is also available for those wanting to help in more detail.




Haven't had enough? Check back on our old update format in our 2013 year summary, mid 2013 update, mid-2012 update and our achievements in 2011. Links from these pages will take you back even further if you want!

SAMPLE STORIES: Students can win a flight over Antarctica or a Southern Ocean wilderness cruise; watch the video of the Thailand-Tasmania exchange; relive the VOLCANO LAND experience; see the results of the My My Maria expeditions and App production; follow our blog from Nepal; catch up with Lynchpin, Redmap and the Three Peaks race; a special gift from Doctor Who to Dunalley Primary; Andrew launches the ABC Giving Tree; Bookend meets The Phantom of the Opera; and various other achievements and events!


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The Bookend program works because people in a variety of professions donate their time, expertise and resources to make it happen. These people range from biologists to engineers to artists to designers to editors to writers to builders to photographers to IT experts and more. Whatever your field, there is something you can do to help inspire students of all ages with their future and positive environmental work. Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and Be Involved today!

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 September 2016 02:38

The Bookend program seeks to inspire students and the community with the potential of building positive and effective environmental careers and solutions.

We achieve this through a diverse range of projects, including scholarships, documentaries, school visits, public presentations, on-ground field courses and the award-winning Expedition Class adventure learning program.

 Bookend is funded through the time, energy and donations of private individuals concerned about building a positive and co-operative environmental future for our students and community. We welcome the feedback and comment of anyone prepared to Be involved!

Have you seen our ads and want to know more about what we do? Here's the starters' guide!

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