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Apply now for the 2015 NSW Landcare awards - Junior Landcare Team

This award will be made to a youth organisation or young Landcare team that contributes to raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of Landcare amongst young people up to the age of 18, and implements Landcare practices on its own property or within the local community. For this award, youth organisations include primary schools, secondary schools and youth groups such as scouts.

Three finalists will be selected in 2015, with one of the finalists being selected to become the NSW nominee for the 2016 National Landcare Awards.

In 2013 the following nominees were the NSW Finalists.

  • Corinella Public School

Students at Corinella Public School near Forbes have a history of being involved in the environment through play, gardening, family enterprise and general interest in a rural community.Each year, Corinella School has continued to introduce students to the environmental issues that face our homes, communities, nation and our world. They are teaching students that individuals can, and do, make a difference, and by modelling, farming partnerships and investigating their immediate environment our goal is to continue to instill in children their natural interest in nature, to teach them what they can do to improve and keep the earth safe. In 2010 and 2012, the students of Corinella presented at the “Kids teaching Kids” International Conference.

  • Frog Dreaming

The Frog Dreaming conference program is simple - day 1 building a connection to each other using Aboriginal storytelling themes and creative activities and day 2 is all about building knowledge & an understanding of our local natural resource assets and issues while developing skills and opportunities to use them. To build lasting connections it uses the 'kids teaching kids' methodology- its mentors are from year 7-10 and are past frog dreaming participants which makes the whole experience that much more meaningful and enduring. Frog Dreaming's  more mature educators come from a variety of backgrounds and act as inspiring facilitators in disseminating knowledge and skills - these educators are called 'The Gurus' (mainly because they continue to volunteer their time year after year). This structure has provided a relevant learning platform that has received continued support from the school community, volunteers and sponsors.

  • Nundle Public School (pictured)
Nundle Public School is located in an isolated village of 300 people nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. The school plays a central role in the community, attracting a high level of support from and involvement of families and the local community. The school is led by a teaching team of 5 dedicated staff and the student population is 58. Despite being a small school, Nundle PS is a leader in environmental education, delivering environmental learning opportunities that set the benchmark in the Namoi region. Environmental education at the school is holistic, providing the students with relevant experiences developing understanding of issues such as waste management, sustainable food production, water quality and biodiversity.

 

The selection criteria for the Junior Landcare Team award in 2015 are:

  1. How has the organisation's activities led to an improved understanding among their team members and/or the community about environmental issues and further developed skills to better manage the challenges associated with these issues?
  2. Provide examples of projects that the team has implemented that have inspired their school, group or community to extend their learning and skills-development classes into practical on-ground activity.
  3. How has the team helped others learn about Landcare? e.g. other young groups and/or the wider community learn about Landcare and environmental issues?
  4. Describe how the team has developed its educational resources and formed partnerships to increase the capacity of young landcarers to learn about and address environmental issues
  5. Describe any challenges the team has faced in the development and implementation of Landcare projects and the strategies used to address these challenges.

 

Please click here to submit an online nomination on the Landcare Australia website

Applications for all NSW award categories close 31 May 2015. Don't miss out!