Camp inspires next generation of sustainability advocates

The latest group of passionate Youth Environment Council representatives from across the state recently came together at a 3-day camp to strengthen their skills and knowledge on sustainability. 

2019 Youth Environment Council representatives from across the state at the camp

The annual camp, held at Arbury Park Outdoor School (APOS), was run by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board’s NRM Education team.

It was designed to assist students plan and develop projects they will undertake in their schools and community this year.

Habitat restoration, edible gardens, ‘plastic straws no more’ and sustainability workshops were among the project ideas investigated by the 50 students.

They also identified funding opportunities for their projects and a support network to help them progress their projects back at school, as well as discovering how to involve others in the journey.

Developing a sense of place and a deeper understanding of local ecology was part of the camp too, with a program delivered by APOS staff and the NRM Education team.

Students also connected with the board’s Presiding Member Felicity-ann Lewis, Board Member David Greenhough, and Natural Resources AMLR Community Engagement Manger Kim Krebs, who spoke to the group about regional priorities and potential solutions.

They also discussed potential ways for young people’s voices to be incorporated into the board’s strategic planning, both now and in the future.

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Natural Resources AMLR Community Engagement Manger Kim Krebs, with Board Member David Greenhough and Presiding Member Felicity-ann Lewis, spoke to the students about regional priorities and potential solutions