Educating our children is a key ingredient in the recipe to save our earth.
Rescheduled AGM
Wednesday 28th July 5-6.30 pm Gowrie Adelaide

Guest speaker, Natalie Gentle. As a founding committee member Natalie has a strong knowledge and commitment to Education for Sustainability. She also has a personal passion for living more sustainably. Now with Reconciliation SA Natalie will be our quest speaker sharing her understanding of the links between Australia’s Indigenous heritage and sustainability. This is a free event but bookings are essential:
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Learn It, Live It, Teach It… on Kaurna Land
Following our successful conference at the Adelaide Pavilion in June 2019 we are pleased to announce that we are now able to host another fantastic event.
Once again at the Adelaide Pavilion on Saturday 11th September 2021 1-5pm we have a great group of speakers who will share their knowledge of Kaurna history, culture, language, plants and conservation practices, truth telling and voice, ‘tokenism’ vs ‘meaningful’ and more. Further develop your understanding of the traditional owners of the Adelaide area, what it means to be learning on Kaurna land and how this links with early childhood pedagogy.
Speakers include Ivan Tiwu Copely, Drew Kilner,  Quahli Newchurch, Liesl von der Borch and Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi Aboriginal Corporation (KWK)
Tickets available from Eventbrite:
Sales commence Wednesday 14th July.

‘Walking Together with Kaurna – Cultural Experiences for Children’
Liesl von der Borch
‘Walking Together with Kaurna’ began four years ago when Uncle Frank Wanganeen and I began collaborating on workshops which would enable children to experience, on-Country, the Culture, customs, history, and language of our First Nation’s people.
I now collaborate with four Kaurna presenters in our newly established business and have developed three workshops in different parts of Adelaide, each connected to the place in which they occur, these being: Morialta, locations around the city of Adelaide and Wirraparinga (Brownhill creek).
Our most recent engagement (made possible through a City of Mitcham grant), was two events for families at Wirraparinga with around 250 adults and children attending. Both events were designed to connect families to Kaurna Cultural practices and links to Wirraparinga across time. As caring for Country is integral to all First Nation’s Cultural practices and engagement with Country this was also a significant focus of both events. Hands-on activities encouraged children to notice changes to the environment across time, to identify native re vegetation host plants and local butterflies and bees, to observe the creek in different seasons and the aquatic life it sustains, and to ponder the waste retrieved from the environment.
In my role as educator, I am committed to ‘pedagogy of place’ as through my business I continue to witness the growth of a profound sense of what it really means to be ‘on Kaurna land’ when people are given the opportunity to experience on-Country, the Culture, language, and history of their local First Nation’s people. Such participatory experiences have the power to cultivate an ongoing, educated engagement in both ‘truth telling’ and Makarrata and as Dr Mark McKenna commented in relation to his work with The Uluru Statement from the Heart, ‘There is no place in Australia where truth telling is not required’.
I advocate the most powerful truth telling begins with deepening our knowledge of where we are; where we live; where we work; and where we socialise.
Visit our website for more information about the workshops, incursions, and professional development opportunities we conduct

Greenhill Living
Looking for inspiration in your outdoor learning environment? Follow the Greenhill Living program, books, videos, learning links, recommended resources and more via online membership.  
Through Environmental Sustainability and Food Garden Education, Greenhill Living connects students to their growing outdoor learning environment. The program aims to achieve an understanding of the seasons, seasonal planting and eating, plant and insect life cycles, pests and beneficial insects, healthy soil, propagation, basic survival needs of plants, organic gardening and caring for our environment.
 "We all need food to live, so let's learn how food grows and make it a priority to teach our children about it." Rebecca Mumford, Greenhill Living  

Plastic free July
Hopefully everyone is have a plastic free July. If you haven't started yet there is still time.H ere are a few ways to avoid plastic:
· Say No refusing to buy plastic is a difficult step but the more we limit our purchasing of plastic products the easier it becomes.
Use only reusable jars and containers with lids
· Purchase or make you own bees wax wraps in different sizes for covering bowls or other containers
· Reusable containers, preferable stainless steel for all lunches and washable reusable snack bags  instead of small plastic bags.
· Purchase or make reusable fresh produce bags to take when you go to your local fruit and veg store or farmers market or just use a basket. Say No to plastic wrapped and pre-packaged fruit and veg.
· Recycle glass jars from pickles, jams and other products and use as storage jars instead of plastic containers.
· Replace toothbrushes with ones made of bamboo with natural bristles. These come in cardboard packaging and are fully recyclable via composting.
· Look for natural bristle brushes with wooden/bamboo handles/bases for household cleaning.
Some of items may be more expensive to purchase initially, however, they also last longer when we take care.
Saying no to plastics will help every living thing on earth.

Natural Start Alliance Conference
This is an international online program from NAAEE (USA based) and is happening on July 26-30. There will be a virtual nature play program tour from two Australian programs and Dr Fran Hughes (UNE) will be presenting her PhD study in the Research Collaborative session.
Cost can be minimal and a diverse range of sessions are offered across nature play, forest preschool and sustainability. Make sure you check the international presentation times!
Dates and future events for your diary:
  • EESSA AGM Wednesday 28th July
  • National Alliance Conference 26-30 July
  • learn It Live It Teach It   on Karuna Land 11th September
Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world,
we cant expect them to help protect and care for it.
David Suzuki
The world is not ours, the earth is not ours. It's a treasure we hold in trust for future generations.
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