Making learning fun for children
CHILDREN have curious minds, but often these days they entertain themselves behind a screen.
One North Shore group made it their mission to provide fun, educational, family bonding days to get the kids thinking about the environment.
This month the Coolum and North Shore Coast Care group will start their annual Eco Discovery series, which will immerse kids and their families in environmental education from an early age.
The volunteer behind the program Diane Goodwillie said when she imagined the idea six years ago, there were lots of opportunities for kids in terms of sport, surfing and swimming, but nothing eco-minded.
"The approach we take is not to talk at the kids, but learn by doing,” she said.
"Children particularly need to be exposed to these ideas of how it is all linked, and learn for themselves.”
The three workshops take place over three months, and kick off on Sunday, May 27 with Taking Action for Turtles.
Turtle rescue has become a significant part of what the group has focussed on, but they've found a fun way to educate kids about the turtle life-cycle, how to identify different types of tracks and the possible dangers for the marine animals
"It's about helping kids and teens find a way to contribute to the community and environment,” Ms Goodwillie said.
"We really have to help people put the dots together, they may love animals but have to learn how to provide a safe and clean habitat for those animals.
"We encourage bubbles not balloons.”
The days aren't designed just for the kids, and the group asks that older siblings, parents or grandparents accompany the curious minds for the day.
The first workshop will be held at Power Memorial Park in Mudjimba from 10am, and the following workshops will be held at different locations on the North Shore.
They only ask for a gold coin donation, and pre-registering is a must.
For more information: coolumcoastcare.org.au/