Making Autumn awesome with kids in nature – Is there any such thing as quality time?

This article was put together by our Early Learning Coordinator Tracey Mayhew who is an experienced early childhood educator as well as a mum to a busy four year old son. We love Tracey’s refreshing perspectives on parenting, education in the early years and life as a whole. The first of March has arrived and …

VIDEO: Aussie plants are coming out of the dark with a native plant app

What if we could make use of our amazing Australian native plants for all types of gardening and landscaping? What if up and coming app technology was able to help us plan our gardens in such a way that we were contributing to conservation at the same time? Dr Mark Runkowski introduces an exciting new …

Natura’s native plants app scores share of $1M funding

Most of the plants that end up as weeds in the Australian landscape start out as garden plants. But a Gold Coast social enterprise is about to make inroads in reduce the spread of weeds. Natura Pacific, based at Burleigh Heads is working in partnership with Griffith University to produce an app which will help …

Ecosystems: A game-changer for Queensland developments

As planners, engineers, developers and consultants we are all involved in the constant balancing act of supporting human progress and development whilst still sustaining a healthy natural environment. Add to this the challenges of regular political upheavals and policy changes and you find you have quite a task on your hands! From a legislative point …

Ghosts in the Sand

The following article was written for us by Ashwal M. Gowda who is a Masters student from Bond University on the Gold Coast. Ashwal has been working with the Natura Pacific team this year to gain work experience in the filed of environmental consulting. His article is a fascinating insight into the world of the …

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, …

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