Kids in Action 2020
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Mar 2020
The KIA Environmental Projects Day (May 8) has been cancelled. The team is currently investigating options to offer a virtual Environmental Projects Day for participating schools supported by incursions and activities. At this stage the Kids-Teaching-Kids conference will continue as planned. Registered teachers will receive updates directly from the team via email.  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 functionHealthy 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 Natureplant-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 - venue to be confirmed

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 - Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha

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 – Date to be confirmed - Kawana Shoppingworld

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.

Important Dates

Tuesday 18 February 2020 - Teacher Information Session (Arts & Ecology Centre, Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden). Please register via email to

Friday 27 March – 2020 Registration closes

Friday 1 May 2020 - Delegate numbers and details for Environmental Projects Day due

Friday 8 May 2020 - Environmental Projects Day (venue to be confirmed)

Wednesday 26 August 2020 - Delegate numbers and details for conference due

Wednesday 2 September 2020 - Kids Teaching Kids Conference - Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha

Friday 25 October - Last date for teacher support funding invoices.