Are you interested in starting a Junior Landcare group for your class or group so they can learn about the importance of environmental sustainability of the land they will one day inherit?
There are few steps you will need to take.
1. Starting a Junior Landcare group
A Junior Landcare group can comprise primary or high school students, youth sporting groups, scout groups, faith groups or other youth community groups.
It needs a co-ordinator such as a teacher, community member, parent or senior student, to direct the activities of the group.
If you are the co-ordinator, research the issues in your local area. This will help you to work out what activities your group will undertake. If your group is a school group, you may find it useful to undertake a School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP).
2. Linking with your local Landcare or similar group
• Head to the National Landcare Directory to find contact details for groups, networks or community support officers in your local area. You may find out about Landcare, Coastcare and other groups in your area who are working on improving the environment. There may also be local council committees or trusts looking after local Crown reserves.
• Discuss with a local group how you can work together. Your school could become involved in the environmental activities of a Landcare group or help with their planning. Alternatively, the school could volunteer to help out with on-ground activities as needed by particular groups.
• Your school and the local Landcare group could develop a joint Landcare project.
3. Developing a Landcare Project
• Design a Landcare Project that not only helps to restore a degraded environment but also teaches others about Landcare. It is usually best to think small and work on something that can achieve change within a school term or year. Your project could involve removing weeds and rubbish, bush regeneration, planting trees, monitoring water quality or designing and planning rehabilitation activities. It could be about teaching kids where their food comes from by creating a sustainable garden.
• The success of your project will rely on thorough planning and research, and strong communication links with key people in the local community.
• Carry out a monitoring programme to determine if your project, or the local Landcare group’s work is achieving change and environmental improvements.
• Access the ‘How to Kits’ and Curriculum Resources developed by Landcare Australia to help you create your project.
4. Applying for a grant
There are grants available to help you undertake your environmental activities. To find out which grants you can apply for, click here.
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