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Young environmentalists inspire peers to protect and conserve

Friday 1 September, 2017

Over 200 students from schools around Mornington Peninsula and surrounds will come together on Thursday 7th September to explore solutions for global and local challenges during an innovative environmental youth leadership conference at Point Nepean National Park.

The national award-winning Kids Teaching Kids Week showcases how youth across Australia learn from one another and lead change for environmental challenges, while contributing to local and national issues and concerns.

In its sixth year at Point Nepean National Park, 11 primary and secondary schools and have been preparing for months to present to their peers on challenges and opportunities facing culture, conservation and community. Taking inspiration from this year’s theme of “Culture, Conservation and Community”, the student led environmental conference inspires action and collective responsibility through workshops and presentations against a backdrop of the historical Quarantine Station.

The war on waste and future health of our natural resources will be put under the microscope, as will climate change, food security and endangered species. Students will showcase community collaborations which have developed projects like water wise gardens.

Amongst many of the presentations, St Jude’s Parish Primary School will inspire their peers to ‘have the nerve to preserve’ using composting techniques, Crib Point Primary school will share its wildlife perseveration learnings through a Zoos Victoria project, and McClelland College will explore the impacts of habitat destruction on our wildlife.

Kids Teaching Kids week is presented by Parks Victoria with support from the National Kids Teaching Kids Week organisers. The Point Nepean day will also feature a series of interactive walk and talks with Park Rangers and local experts as they share their knowledge and connect the students with nature.

For more information call 13 1963.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria, District Manager, South East Melbourne, Ms Libby Jude.

Kids Teaching Kids promotes a very tangible link for kids to connect with their local environment, helping the next generation understand how global issues impact special places like our national parks.”

“Kids Teaching Kids is eagerly anticipated by local school kids as they show us just how much they question and consider our environmental challenges. Over the year’s we’ve seen vital community partnerships and mentoring programs form as the students inspire and learn from one another.”

“As park managers it’s both reassuring to reflect on the passion and wisdom of our young visitors during Kids Teaching Kids Week. We are seeing future environmental leaders in the making.”

Event details

What: Kids Teaching Kids environmental conference

When: 10:00am – 2:00pm, Thursday 7th September 2017

Where: Point Nepean National Park, Badcoe Hall (Quarantine Station), end of Point Nepean Road, Portsea

Who:

  • 200 students (Grade 3 – Yr12) from 11 participating schools;
  • Representatives from Kids Teaching Kids;
  • The mentors - Park rangers, Lionel Lauch (Bunurong community representative).

Vision/Pic opps:

  • 10:40am – 12:20pm.  Students presenting workshops to peers;
  • 12:55pm – 1:55pm.   Students being led by local experts on guided walks;
  • Selected students and teachers available for interviews and photos on request.

Media enquiries

Sally Hutchinson
0414558314

Parks Victoria media centre