A new species of water bug on the Gold Coast

Here at Natura Education we are very privileged to be working with a team of educators and scientists that are not only skilled in delivering a variety of education programs to students of all ages, but are also experts in their respective fields. John Pumpurs is Natura Education’s resident frog and water bug expert and …

Natura-Pacific takes out UN Environment Award

Running since 2000, more than 40 schools, journalists, local councils, environmental organisations and individuals were finalists in the 2016 UN World Environment Day Awards. And last night, in a glittering ceremony in Melbourne, Natura-Pacific was announced winner of the Business Award category. Natura Pacific, which has a small team of just 15, provides environmental education …

VIDEO: GroNATIVE with our amazing local native plants!

Natura Pacific, in collaboration with Griffith University, is very excited to be working on a new project ‘GroNATIVE’. GroNATIVE will give south east Queenslanders an easy to use resource that can help guide you in the selection of locally native plants for your garden or landscaping project. Dr Rochelle Steven is working hard researching the species that are readily …

We are 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards Finalists!

We are very excited to share that our recently released Waterways Field Guide has been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards, in the category of Sustainable Education. These guides were developed as an initiative of Gold Coast Waterwatch, which was supported and undertaken by both the City of Gold Coast Catchment Management …

Waterways Field Guide – Series 2 to 4 are here!

In December last year, Natura Pacific and City of Gold Coast released the first in a series of field guides titled “Waterways Field Guide, Series 1: Water Bugs”. Take a look at our article on this here. Being an initiative of Gold Coast Waterwatch, the Water Bugs guide was quickly heralded to be a success by …

VIDEO: Kids in Nature – Making the most of your experience

Getting outside with your children or the children in your care is not only lots of fun but has also been shown time and again to have significant benefits for childhood development. So how do you really make the most of your time with kids in nature? In this video Dionne Coburn, an Educator and …

Gold Coast Wildlife: Blue Tongue Lizard

Have you ever wondered about what types of animals may be living around you, in your backyard, your local park or in that bushland down the road?  The Gold Coast wildlife is diverse and prolific, and this part of Australia plays host to some 600 species of animals, some of which are quite rare and …

VIDEO: Organic recycling at home

Organic recycling at home can be so simple. This is a great eco-friendly way of disposing of your fruit and vegetable scraps while fertilising your garden at the same time. Watch as Senior Educator and waste expert Lucy Fouche shares some quick and easy tips to get you started.

Changes to Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act

Just last month on 17 March 2016, the Queensland government has put forward proposed changes to vegetation management laws in the sunshine state. The changes have been titled under the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, and propose to reinstate responsible vegetation management laws for Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines, …

Counting up the benefits of biodiversity in urban areas

Of all the ways that we humans have changed our landscape, urbanisation has probably resulted in the most evident changes to the natural environment. More than half of the world’s population now live in towns and cities, and with increasing rates of urbanisation right across the globe there are major concerns about the effect that …

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