A Waterwatch Progress Report

Our Waterwatch team has been ever so busy and we wanted to share with you what we got up to during July to September of the 2015 program! During this period our educators worked with 11 schools and approximately 1,035 students, wow! With all of these enthusiastic young waterwatchers we successfully carried out monitoring at …

Welcome to the New Age: how apps can help us to identify and conserve species

This story first appeared in Wildlife Australia Magazine, published by Wildlife Queensland, with all proceeds directed to wildlife conservation projects. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as discovering something that you have never seen before. For biologists this might involve the rediscovery of a previously-thought extinct species, for pharmacists it may be the discovery of a medical breakthrough, …

Intrinsic Benefits of Nature-based Education in Schools

Natura Education specialises in nature-based education, providing outdoor learning incursions and excursions to schools around the Gold Coast, Southern Brisbane and Northern NSW regions. Our team of educators and scientists are passionate about the benefits of learning about the environment by spending time in nature. By actually getting out into the natural environment, students have …

Calling all ‘Earth-Friendly’ early childhood professionals!

Can you believe we are into a new year? If you are anything like us you may still be recovering from the end-of-year and Christmas whirlwind! For those of you in childcare this may well have been a flurry of arranging enrolments for the new year, preschoolers moving on to big school, graduations, Christmas parties, …

Waterways Field Guide Series 1: Water Bugs – A Fantastic New Resource for Teachers, Students and Scientists Alike!

We at Natura have been working on an exciting new project recently for Gold Coast Waterwatch that we simply can’t wait to share with all and sundry! Haven’t heard of Waterwatch? Well, Gold Coast Waterwatch is a community service initiated and supported by the City of Gold Coast that engages with early learning centres, primary schools, …

What is Biodiversity anyway? And is it important?

Biodiversity is a word that we seem to be hearing more and more these days, but what is it really? Maybe we can start by breaking it down… first, ‘bio‘ stems from a Greek word meaning ‘life‘, and ‘diversity‘ means a variety of different things. So, biological diversity or ‘biodiversity’ refers to the variety of …

Recreation and events in National Parks: how do you assess suitability?

When most people think about national parks, they’re probably thinking about public places, protected for their beauty, their biodiversity and their wilderness. In the southeast Queensland bioregion, 13% of the landmass is included in the national park estate. When you compare this to the statewide average of 5%, we’re punching above our weight. But then …

What can Gold Coast Waterwatch achieve in a year?

Gold Coast Waterwatch is a community service initiated and supported by the City of Gold Coast and facilitated by Natura Education. When delivering Waterwatch we engage with early learning centres, primary schools, secondary schools, community groups and community events to educate participants on the importance of healthy waterways and catchments. It is part of Waterwatch …

Ethical Enterprise Awards 2015

This week at Natura Pacific we received some fantastic news from the Ethical Enterprise Awards 2015, run by Melbourne-based Moral Fair Ground and Australian Ethical. We have been nominated as one of 11 finalists for the award and are invited to attend the Awards Dinner and Conference in Melbourne on 4th December!! Essentially this award aims …

Natura Education: Young Children in Nature – Why all the Hype?

The following article was submitted to Nature Play Qld earlier this year to contribute to their blog. The message was so relevant that we wanted to share it here too! These days it seems like we are regularly bombarded by messages, information and advice about our environment. As a parent or child care professional, this …

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