Julia Driscoll September 3, 2020 In their habitat: Learn how to make needle felted Manning River helmeted turtle hatchlings just like these, by local fibre artist Gemma Cross. Photo: supplied To celebrate Threatened Species Week, the Manning River Turtle Conservation Group and the Manning Regional Art Gallery are hosting a Manning River Turtle Crafternoon on Sunday, September 13 from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Learn how to create your own Manning River helmeted turtle hatchling using needle felting and wet felting techniques from talented local fibre artist, Gemma Cross. You will create two turtles - one to take home, and one to donate to the Manning River Turtle Conservation Group for educational purposes. Learn also about what conservation efforts are taking place to save the endangered species from Andrew Steed, Save Our Species officer with the NSW Department of Planning, Industries and Environment (DPIE). Related: World's first capture of Manning River turtles for insurance population Participants are encouraged to become an ambassador for the Manning River turtle and share pictures of their felted turtle on Instagram for an awareness raising campaign for the species and its habitat, which you will learn more about on the day. The Craftanoon is a COVID-safe event. Please bring your own lunch, cup, and water bottle. Morning tea and all materials for the felted turtles are supplied. The cost is only $20 per person as it is subsidised and supported by the DPIE. To book go to www.eventbrite.com.au/e/manning-river-turtle-crafternoon-tickets-119193782813. But be quick! There are limited places and bookings are already filling. Manning Regional Art Gallery is at 12 Macquarie Street, Taree.