Innovative Landcare expo connects local students

Students at the Shoalhaven Intrepid Landcare Expo building nestboxes for sugar glider habitat.
Students at the Shoalhaven Intrepid Landcare Expo building nestboxes for sugar glider habitat.

Students from three local high schools with a passion for the environment and sustainability recently came together for a unique event, coordinated by Shoalhaven Landcare.

Students from  Bomaderry High School, Nowra Christian School and the host school, Nowra Anglican College had the chance to connect at first Intrepid Landcare Expo.

Students worked together on hands-on activities as well as in workshop sessions to turn ideas into projects for implementation in their own schools and communities.

The activities, supported by Landcare volunteers, included building nest boxes for threatened squirrel gliders, making beeswax food covers, tree planting and undertaking weed identification.

Several inspirational presenters spoke to the students including co-creator of Intrepid Landcare Megan Rowlatt and Simon Tedder who discussed a variety of threatened species projects he has worked on in his role with the Office of Environment and Heritage.

 Students from Bomaderry High School, Nowra Christian School and Nowra Anglican College at the Shoalhaven Intrepid Landcare Expo.

Students from Bomaderry High School, Nowra Christian School and Nowra Anglican College at the Shoalhaven Intrepid Landcare Expo.

Ms Rowlatt said it was a privilege to help connect and inspire young passionate and motivated people.

“Landcare is a grassroots movement that connects likeminded people, but too often, it is dominated by older generations,” she said.

“The potential of young people to connect, mobilise and care for the environment is immense.

“This Intrepid Landcare Expo is an opportunity to make those connections between schools and give these young leaders the tools and support to turn their ideas into future projects to improve the environment and community.”

Intrepid Landcare differs from regular Landcare groups as they are an adventurous organisation that empowers young people to lead on issues that matter.

Intrepid Landcare inspires, acts and leads so that young people connect with their communities and care for the environment.

Shoalhaven Landcare co-ordinator, Marien Stark said the Intrepid Landcare Expo was an a great success.

“That was demonstrated by the enthusiastic students who quickly found common ground and made connections through their passion for the environment,” he said.

“Because of this success, Shoalhaven Landcare will co-ordinate a similar event again in the future to expand these connections and to develop the potential for positive environmental and community outcomes.”

Shoalhaven Landcare supports local Landcare groups and delivers projects in the Shoalhaven to improve the environment through community connections.

To get involved in Landcare in the Shoalhaven including local groups and project activities, contact Shoalhaven Landcare co-ordinator, Marien Stark on co-ordinator@shoalhavenlandcare.org.au or  0410 961 449.

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