Jake Cassar 

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Jake Cassar is a passionate Bushcraft teacher, youth mentor and conservationist specialising in edible and medicinal native and introduced plants in Australia.

Jake is well known for leading successful campaigns to create new National Parks on the Central Coast and for his devotion to raising funds and awareness for local charities such as homeless outreach centers, mental health support services, suicide prevention networks, youth support organisations, animal welfare groups and many more.

Jake is fast becoming known as one of Australia’s foremost authorities on edible and medicinal plants. Jake has spent most of life fine tuning his survival knowledge in what he calls “The University of the Bush” and has taught himself much of what he knows through personal experience spending over 20 years doing annual trips 'out bush' and living from the land for weeks at a time.

Jake has worked with much respected Aboriginal elders in NSW and Central and Western Australia and has given presentations alongside well-known people in Botany such as Les Robinson, Alan Fairley, Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia) and Aboriginal Bush Tucker Chef, Mark Olive.

Jake has presented at Universities for nearly a decade with a presentation he calls "The Science of Survival" where University lecturers, Indigenous Elders and Indigenous students, all collaborate to share knowledge regarding the uses of native plants.

Field Trip with Jake Cassar

Date: 14/05/2022(Saturday)

Maximum No. of People: 20
Minimum No. of People: 10

  • Bring notepads and pen and prepare to take lots of notes. 

  • Lunch is not provided, so byo everything incl wet weather gear, backpack, lots of water etc. It'll be a bit of a hike. 

  • Directions - Drive to the end of Lombardy Avenue Mangrove Mountain and park outside the red brick house with the solar panels on the roof on the right. 

  • Jake will be there at 10.45 and the course will start at 11am sharp. Ask people to please not be late as we'll be walking from there and it will hold the course up significantly. 

  • Jake doesn’t  mind lots of photos but no video please.

The field trip will take you on a journey of discovery through the Aussie bush. Our host, Jake Cassar, will take us through the Australian bush over a 4-5 hour period focusing on bushcraft, and identification of edible & medicinal native & introduced plants.

This is a very unique experience and packed with knowledge, wisdom and passion. Jake will start with an introduction to his important conservation work, before taking the group on an epic bush tucker walk to show us how we can all survive by living off our incredible native and introduced plants.

If you are interested in wild food, bush survival, urban foraging or medicinal native and introduced plants (weeds) make sure you join in on this interactive and engaging field trip. Jake has spent over 20 years doing annual survival missions where he lives off only what he can hunt, catch, or gather for weeks at a time. This experience, mixed with Jake's incredible knowledge of wild plants and their uses, makes this a trip not to miss.

Known for some huge environmental wins including creating new National Parks on the Central Coast, Jake will take you on a journey of discovery that will change the way you look at the Aussie bush forever.

This practical, colourful, and experiential aspect of the conference will give you a chance to really digest and embody the wisdom shared by our speakers.