Calling Yorke Peninsula schools to sign up now for the 2017 YEL program

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke are calling for schools on the Yorke Peninsula to sign up for the 2017 Young Environmental Leaders program following the 2016 program success.

The Young Environmental Leaders program is free and open to students in Year 5-7. The program provides students with opportunities to develop as young leaders for the local environment.

Northern and Yorke Natural Resources Community Team Leader Fabienne Dee says she is impressed with the student’s efforts over 2016.

"The schools displayed creativity, initiative and leadership when presenting on their respective projects, demonstrating their understanding of environmental issues," she said.

"The projects at Edithburgh and Curramulka Primary Schools and Minlaton District School educated students, parents and the wider community about the benefits of rehabilitating local environments.

"Moonta Area School increased student and community awareness of issues associated with ocean litter and St Mary McKillop School strengthened their Science program.

"A focus on school culture for Wallaroo Mines Primary School involved kids teaching kids through environmental sustainability themed activities.

"The food garden projects at Stansbury, Bute and Warooka Primary Schools and St Columba’s Memorial School raised awareness of the importance of caring for the environment, allowing students to understand the processes of composting and recycling by participating in sustainable gardening practices, reducing food waste and using it to produce locally grown food."

Principal at St Columba’s Memorial School, Michael Preece said that the program allowed senior students to develop their leadership and communication skills by interacting with students, teachers and parents.

This is the first year teacher Samuel Perry has been involved in the Young Environmental Leaders program and said his students loved the challenge of preparing presentations and lessons for their peers.

"The incentive to earn badges for class sharing and assembly presentations helped students develop communal knowledge around their ideas and the project," Mr Perry said.

To learn more about the Young Environmental Leaders program visit www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/northernandyorke or contact the Natural Resources Centre in Clare on 8841 3400. The initiative funded by the National Landcare Program.

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