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Young environmentalists inspire peers to protect and conserve

Friday 31 August, 2018


Seventh annual Kids Teaching Kids Conference to be held at Point Nepean National Park.

Over 160 students from nine schools across the Mornington Peninsula and beyond will come together on Thursday 6 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 seventh year at Point Nepean National Park, primary and secondary schools and have been preparing for months to present to their peers on challenges and opportunities facing 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, and endangered species.

Amongst many of the presentations, Padua College will inspire their peers to ‘Do The Rot Thing’ using worm composting techniques, Boneo Primary School will share the plight of the Hooded Plover, Rye Primary School will unveil the secrets of the Burrunan Dolphin a species unique to Port Phillip, and Peninsula Grammar will look at habitat destruction caused by feral and domestic cats.

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 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Area Chief Ranger, Southern Peninsula, Mr Kris Rowe:

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 and waterways.”

“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 6 September 2018
Where: Point Nepean National Park, Badcoe Hall (Quarantine Station), end of Point Nepean Road, Portsea
Who:
  • 160 students (Grade 3 – Yr9) from 9 schools
  • Representatives from Kids Teaching Kids
  • The mentors - Park rangers
Vision/Photo opportunities:
  • 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
Jarred Parsons
8427 2403

Parks Victoria media centre