ECO: Eco education programs for kids

17 May 2017
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It’s good to do our bit for the environment and even better if we can teach the next generation about the importance of caring for our ecosystems. There are lots of eco education programs available that just might spark that interest in your child. If your child is already a self-proclaimed eco warrior, there will be something for them here too!

Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF)

May 28, Griffith University, Logan Campus

This educational and interactive festival helps to generate awareness about environmental issues in our community. This year’s theme is ‘Connect to Nature’ and festivalgoers will be encouraged to focus on their own environmental footprint and the impact they have on the great outdoors. Packed with kids’ activities such as dancing, face painting and rock climbing, kids will also have the chance to meet some native wildlife. There are workshops aplenty, where you can learn the art of beekeeping or find out more about looking after chooks. There are also many eco exhibitors including Oxfam and Reef Check, and plenty of food and drink options.

Barefoot Nature Play

Various dates, St Paul's School, Bald Hills and Pullenvale State Primary School, Pullenvale

Bearfoot Nature Play promotes unstructured and imaginative play in natural environments. It holds some great school holiday programs where children can connect with their environment by enjoying activities such as playing in the mud, climbing rope ladders and building dens. Whatever the weather, children are outside, getting back to nature, creating and exploring. It also offers Twilight Programs, where children can gaze at the stars and have fun with shadow puppets and more.

Green Edge Catalysts

Various dates and locations around Brisbane

Green Edge Catalysts offers a great range of eco-inspired projects and activities. From workshops, to walks and family play days to group dance experiences, you will find something to get your kids outside here. Its Eco Arts program joins communities in building a natural art installation for the whole neighbourhood to admire. It also offers an Enviro Design service where they help develop sensory, restorative spaces that promote peace of mind.

Natura Education

Various dates and locations around the Gold Coast

Offering a range of educational programs for children of all ages, Natura Education aims to make communities more aware of their impact on the environment and the importance of our ecosystems. They can be booked in for a school or early childhood centre visit, where they can cover topics such as recycling and sustainability in an engaging and interactive way. Or children can find out more about worm farming, recycling, and mini beasts and bugs at a session at their local vacation care centre.

Primal Influence

Various dates and locations around the Sunshine Coast

Primal Influence offers health and fitness coaching programs and events. It has teamed up with forest school Natureweavers to offer a Family Wildtime Camp, the first family nature camp of its kind in Queensland. Enjoy healthy meals and loads of hands-on activities that will help reconnect the whole family with nature. Other programs include Healthy Confident Kids, which aims to boost children’s self-esteem through eating the right foods, and encouraging movement and mindfulness.

Clean Up Australia Day

March 5, 2018, Australia wide

Get the whole family involved in Clean Up Australia Day and help to make an immediate impact on our environmental spaces such as beaches and waterways. Join a local clean up site, or create your own event. Last year’s event saw over 3 tonnes of rubbish collected in Queensland alone.

Junior Ranger at David Fleay Wildlife Park

Various dates

If your child is crazy about wildlife, this could be the perfect school holiday activity for them. They get to spend the day as a Wildlife Ranger, going behind the scenes and learning how to care for and protect native animals. Younger children (aged 5 to 7 years) can enjoy Junior Ranger Nature Play, where they join a park ranger to solve some wild missions and make their own creepy crawly.

Learn more about forest schools here.

Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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