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Educating our children is a key ingredient in the recipe to save our earth.
 
Bug catchers
While many bugs and insects find their homes under rocks and logs you may not want the children constantly searching for them and trying to relocate the rocks and logs in your gardens.
Why not set up a special bug catching area?
Use the skin of ½ a grapefruit or 2 or large oranges. Cut the fruit in half and remove most of the flesh.
Have the students put the fruit halves upside down in chosen sheltered places and leave overnight or a couple of days.
Then collect the skins and gently put the bugs in a container, using a soft brush helps. Perhaps then place them on a large tray, so everyone can help identify what you have caught and then return them to the garden.
How many different bugs did you catch?
How many body parts do they have?
How many legs?
Do they have pincers?
How do you think they are helping the environment?
Make sure you have some magnifying glasses available so children can really see the different bugs you catch.
 
National Tree Day
National Tree Day started in 1996 and has grown into Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event. A call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community. ​​​
Trees are a gift to our planet and ourselves. They support life on earth and provide humans with the air we breathe.
The livelihood of our world and its inhabitants depends on the health of our trees and forests and there are a number of reasons we should plant trees.
Trees help tackle climate change by absorbing CO2, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Trees, shrubs and grasses also store carbon and are important carbon sinks. Trees also release oxygen to sustain life on earth. Trees clean the air we breathe, by absorbing harmful pollutants like nitrogen oxides, ammonia and sulfur dioxide. Trees help prevent soil erosion and improve water quality when tree roots systems hold soil in place and prevent run off into waterways. Animals, birds, insects reptile, fungi and other plants depend on trees for their home. Planting natives can improve the habitat for our wildlife and support endangered species.
Added to all this, humans are bioplilic, meaning we have an innate tendency to seek connections to nature and other life forms. Trees improve our mental and physical wellbeing.
Organise your tree planting project with your early childhood or school. This is a great way to work as a community to improve the environment.
While every day can be Tree Day, the last Friday in July, and first Sunday in August respectively are dedicated to celebration of Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day.
In 2021, Schools Tree Day is Friday 30th July and National Tree Day is Sunday 1st August.

National Reconciliation Week Grants

If your school, preschool or early childhood setting has a project, activity or idea that extends your work in achieving reconciliation, you can apply for a one-off grant.

Reconciliation SA has grants that range from $500 -$2000 to South Australian Schools, Kindergartens and early childhood settings. The aim of the grants is to broaden and deepen the education sectors’ engagement and participation in reconciliation activities and collaborating with First Nation peoples through designing student learning opportunities.

To be eligible for this grant you need to have a Reconciliation Action Plan in your site or be taking steps to implement a RAP.

Please contact Reconciliation SA prior to completing the form to check that funds are still available at the time of application.

Applications through this fund can be submitted until November 2021, or until funds have been disbursed.

To find out more information about Reconciliation Action Plans visit reconciliation.org.au/Narragunnawali.
KESAB Education Centre
A new Education Centre is now open for business.  Located at Integrated Waste Services, (IWS) Wingfield the KESAB Education Centre a purpose built education facility on a working site where visitors can have a sensory experience of what happens to their waste and recycling materials once their bins leave the kerbside. Drawing together elements of the natural environment, indigenous environmental stewardship and modern waste management and resource recovery, the education centre provides the base for interactive education sessions.
The KESAB Education Centre excursion incorporates a tour of material processing sites and activities in the education centre. The entire session is facilitated by KESAB’s experienced education officers.
KESAB’s expert educators will lead visitors on an hour-long tour taking in elements of material processing such as mixed waste, construction, organics, household hard waste, expanded polystyrene and electronic waste.
KESAB’s expert staff educate students about the value of recycling and the impact on the environment with a range of group activities that develop an understanding of waste-to-resources terminology, technology, source separation and materials processing.
For more information and to make a booking contact the KESAB office on 8234 7255 or email admin@kesab.asn.au; a booking enquiry form is available on the KESAB website.

Become a Recycling Guru

Having trouble with recycling at your site? Unable to get everyone on board doing the right thing?

Planet Ark has a new resource to help you improve both at work and at home. Watch the webinar explaining the Simple Guide to Workplace Recycling.

The  simple guide will help you reach Recycling Stardom! You can make an impact today by implementing any (or all!) of these tips. The guide covers a range of things you can do from simple changes you can do right now to more sophisticated ones that will make you shine like a recycling celebrity.

It doesn't matter if you work in an office, a school, a preschool, a café, or a shop, everyone can follow the guide to become recycling superstars.
Visit the Planet Ark website for your guide.

Always remember to check with your local council to check the local recycling and disposal guidelines.

Dates and future events for your diary:
  • National Reconciliation Week, 27th May- 3rd June
  • World Environment Day, June 5th
  • World Oceans Day, June 8th
  • NAIDOC Week, 4-11th July
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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