Parents and carers wanting to lure kids away from their screens these holidays have access to a free guide to explore Eurobodalla’s beaches and estuaries.
Eurobodalla Council has envirohunt activity sheets on its website that can help residents and visitors undertake their own beachside treasure hunt.
Available for Broulee Island, Congo Point, Tomaga Estuary, Narooma Estuary, Shelly Beach, Surfside Beach and Barlings Beach, the sheets are tailored to each location and are designed to assist families understand and value the ecosystems they live or holiday in.
They include activities and information about natural landforms, interesting plants and animals you’re likely to find, and Indigenous and colonial history.
Children can learn about where different types of shells come from, the different types of seaweed, as well as beach creatures, birdlife, algae and more.
Council’s environmental education officer Bernadette Davis said the guides would help parents answer the inevitable questions – “What is that? What does it do?” that kids often asked as they explored the shire’s coast and estuaries.
“These are fun activities that help families value the environment where they live and holiday, and can ignite a life-long interest in the natural environment,” Ms Davis said. “All it costs is a bit of time and effort.”
Envirohunt activity sheets can be found on Council’s website: www.esc.nsw.gov.au/environmental-education.
Council believes our health and wellbeing as a community is directly impacted by the quality of our local environment.
Environmental themes like water quality and conservation, waste minimisation and sustainability, are all areas that we have the power to influence for the betterment of our environment and the community in which we live.
Education therefore plays a key role in ensuring that we have the information and understanding we need to make better lifestyle choices, that allow us to reduce the impact we have on our local natural areas and wildlife, so that we can enjoy them for generations to come.