Category Archives: Our environment

Bush Tucker – Warrigal Greens

What better way to celebrate National Reconciliation Week than with a popular bush tucker plant and recipe. Back when I was in school, we were taught that Australian history began when Captain Cook “discovered” Australia.  And celebrations of Indigenous culture were almost non-existent. Thank goodness things have changed! Nowadays, we have a Welcome to Country ceremony…

Gardening and Sustainability Curriculum Resources

Bad News for Teachers:            There are less than 3 weeks before kids go back to school! Good News for Teachers:        Sustainability “How to Guides” and full lesson plans are available on the Landcare Australia website. Good News for Parents:          The How to Guides are a wonderful resource that can be used in your home garden or…

Where have all the Christmas Beetles Gone?

As a child, I remember hundreds of Christmas Beetles arriving on Christmas Eve.  It was always very exciting as it meant that Santa would be arriving soon, but I did wonder how did these beautiful shiny beetles knew that it was Christmas time? Sadly, their numbers are declining in many urban areas. In this blog,…

National Water Week 2014

National Water Week 2014 Free Bottle Top Waterer. Growing up, water was seen as an endless resource. We played under the sprinkler for hours, hosed down our drive ways and dual flush toilets were unheard of. I can still remember my father’s disgust at the introduction of water usage charges, that’s right, it used to…

The Natured Kids' Play Outside Day Challenge

May 4th is the Australian Conservation Foundation’s National Play Outside Day. ‘Natured Kids’ all around Australia will be building special shelters in their front and back yards, on their nature strip or in a little bit of nearby nature.

Increase Biodiveristy in your Garden

The Department of the Environment explains “Biodiversity has been described as the ‘web of life’, ‘the variety of living things’ or ‘the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and ecosystems of which they are a part’”. Teaching our kids about the importance of protecting, celebrating and increasing biodiversity is essential. The great thing is…

Connecting Children to Nature Around the World

I love meeting fellow nature lovers who enjoy connecting children to nature.  Over the last few years I have made some truly wonderful connections with people from around the world who share my joy. I am always inspired by those who work hard to teach children about the wonders and the fragility of our earth….

How to Build a Lizard Lounge in Your Garden

Do your kids love seeing animals in the garden? Do you want to teach your kids about biodiversity?  Building a lizard lounge ticks both boxes and is a great way to increase biodiversity in your garden. They are easy to make, the kids can use their imagination and creative flair and best of all you…

Celebrate World Environment Day on June 5th

Wednesday, June 5th is World Environment Day (WED) and this year the theme is Think.Eat.Save. There is no doubt that global food production is placing an enormous strain on our natural resources however WED is the perfect opportunity to talk to your kids about food miles, food wastage and reducing their ecological footprint whilst celebrating our…