- Last updated:
- 20 Oct 2020
The Kids in Action Team are currently working on providing some innovative and creative virtual alternatives to both the Environmental Projects Day and the Kids Teaching Kids Conference. Registered schools will receive updates directly from the team via email. Interested schools are still able to participate in the program, which is being offered this year free of charge, as part of Council's #Covidkindness campaign. For further information please contact us.
Designed for students from Years 5-8, council’s Kids in Action program includes the Environmental Projects Day and an annual conference. The conference encourages students to take responsibility for their learning through the planning and delivery of environmental projects.
Council want to increase our student’s environmental knowledge and understanding of local environmental issues. Details of recent and forthcoming conferences are as follows.
Kids in Action 2020
2020 has been declared the United Nations International Year of Healthy Plants. This reflects the importance of plants as the foundation for food security, ecosystems and life on earth. Our 2020 theme explores new ways of understanding, appreciating and utilising plants.
We are Botanica: Plants for healthy bodies, minds, spirit and planet.
This theme is open to exploration in various ways including:
- Wood wide web: secret life of plants: Have you ever thought about the role plants play in connecting ecosystems and their parts? Explore the new understanding of the role plants play in communicating, sharing resources, reacting to their environments and attracting pollinators, etc. (See, for examples, recent work by Suzanne Simard, Peter Wohlleben and Monica Gagliano and the role of mycelium networks in nutrient transfer.)
- Food, fibre and function: Healthy farming/healthy connections: How can we design healthy agricultural systems that provide enough for all without negatively impacting on the health of natural ecosystems. Some examples that could be explored include: pest control, pollinator health, plant-based diets, food security, food miles, reconnecting to food sources, extinction of experience, genetic diversity of crops, multi-purpose super crops (e.g. hemp, corn), indigenous agricultural crops, aquaponics, and seaweed.
- Dr Nature: plant-based therapy: how do gardens and nature contribute to healthy mind, body and spirit (e.g. horticultural therapy, forest bathing/shinrin yoku, nature/green/eco therapy, community gardening, zen gardens, medicinal plants, etc).
- Ancient wisdom for modern times: First Nations peoples hold a continuous, sustained connection to both the physical and spiritual landscapes. Over tens of thousands of years, First Nations peoples have observed and passed down detailed oral ecological knowledge relating to the seasons, phases and ways in which every living thing is connected. What can be learned from First Nations Peoples’ knowledge and connection with Country, whilst also respecting Traditional Knowledge protocols? Some examples for exploration include: Ethnobotanics and First Nations’ peoples knowledge of plants, their uses for fibre and dyes, systems of agriculture (Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu), seasonal calendars, representations of plants, trees and forests in literature/fiction/art.
Day 1 - Friday 8 May 2020: Kids in Action Environmental Projects Day - CANCELLED DUE TO CURRENT COVID19 RESTRICTIONS - VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS DAY BEING OFFERED INSTEAD
The Environmental Projects Day engages students in education and citizen science activities. It will encourage them to feel like informed, confident and capable citizens able to combat challenges and actively protect their environment. The day also provides an opportunity to become acquainted with community mentors, to provoke ideas, and to stimulate interest in the 2020 Kids in Action conference theme.
Day 2 - Wednesday 2 September 2020: Kids in Action Conference - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID19 RESTRICTIONS - ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY PROGRAM BEING OFFERED INSTEAD
The Kids in Action Conference encourages students to learn from each other, through workshops, displays and performances. We want to increase our students' environmental knowledge and understanding of local environmental issues. The conference encourages students to take responsibility for their learning through the planning and delivery of environmental projects.
Term 4 - Kids in Action Road Show – LIKELY TO BE POSTPONED OR CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19 RESTRICTIONS - DECISION PENDING
Following the Kids in Action Conference, interested schools are invited to take their presentations on the road and share their environmental message with the community with an environmental film night and pop-up stalls at Kawana Shoppingworld.