Engaging in nature and participating in Landcare activities allows young people to learn, develop skills, share experiences, and cultivate connections with nature and communities.
Youth Landcare supports young people to have continuous participation with their local environments from childhood to adulthood so that today's children become the Landcarers of the future.
Education and youth projects
Landcare ACT, with our members including, support Junior and youth landcareLandcare activities, provide children and adolescents with the opportunity to learn about, understand, and improve our urban, park and rural landscapes.
Many ACT Landcare Group and their supporting Catchment Groups have direct links with local schools. Landcare ACT is committed to strengthening and extending those links.
Landcare ACT has been awarded a grant from the Australiasian Wildlife Management Society – Braysher Management Fund to support young people to have a greater understanding of the values of urban wildlife and be more actively engaged in improving wildlife habitat in the ACT Region.
This project develops a Junior Landcare program to educate and engage young people aged 5-25 in wildlife management. It will involve developing and implementing pilot Junior Landcare activities to enable young people to learn about wildlife and conserve local wildlife habitats. It will also create a structured program for schools to increase engagement in restoring wildlife habitats beyond the life of the project.
Landcare Schools Program
Landcare ACT is developing a structured Landcare for schools program. Watch this space. More information will be available in early 2022.
ACT and Region Frogwatch Program runs a Frogwatch Education – Tadpole kits program, enabling students to learn more about frogs, care for tadpoles, and watch them turn into frogs. Contact your local Catchment Group to get involved.
Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch
Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch is available to provide field-based education sessions with schools and youth groups. Waterwatch Coordinators, based in the Catchment Groups, provide hands-on, locally-based waterway education, from fishing for water bugs with the junior kids to water quality and habitat assessment with older students, helping to make linkages between our behaviours and river health.
Young Farmers Network
Landcare ACT is responding to an identified gap in support for younger generation of farmers in the ACT. We are establishing a network to enable easier information sharing and connections between young farmers in the ACT.
Landcare for the Future
Landcare ACT is keen to build on and expand the “Landcare for our Future” program run for young people, by young people, initially coordinated by Southern ACT Catchment Group. This program wants to re-energise Landcare in Canberra and make sure that this generation has the knowledge and connection to our local parks and reserves to continue Landcare into the future; after all, it’s our future.
The Landcare for our Future program is designed to get young people aged 18-35 involved in Landcare activities such as planting, pest control, erosion control, track maintenance, litter removal and ecosystem monitoring. It will also link young people with existing groups and projects to build the Landcare movement into the future, develop skills and knowledge in environmental management, and facilitate devolving of knowledge and expertise held by local volunteers through mentoring activities.
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