They want to inspire the next generation to become environmental champions by providing up to $1,000 for sustainability projects. Students can get their hands dirty with gardening projects like growing veggies, setting up compost beds, building nest boxes and habitats to protect our native wildlife.
Since 2018, Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program, together with Landcare Australia, has already given over $4 million to more than 3,814 school groups all across Australia. Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare program is also working with First Nations educator Adam Shipp to create more environmental learning activities that teach students and educators about Traditional Land Management and Cultural Heritage.
First Nations perspectives
You can find these new activities at Junior Landcare’s Learning Centre, which includes exploring First Nations weather knowledge, creating an Indigenous plant use garden and exploring a First Nations peoples’ languages map. Woolworths Group Chief Marketing Officer, Andrew Hicks, is excited to see more creative ideas brought to life and is thrilled about the new learning activities that will bring First Nations perspectives into the home and classroom.
The Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program is all about supporting fun and engaging learning experiences that can help younger generations connect with natural environments.
“Over the years, we’ve seen lots of creativity from schools and early learning centres looking to explore sustainability in action, and we can’t wait to see more of these ideas brought to life through this year’s program.”
“We’re also excited about the new learning activities designed to help bring First Nations perspectives into the home and classroom. These activities are a great resource that highlight the invaluable perspectives and experiences of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community on the journey to creating more sustainable experiences for a better tomorrow.”
As a proud Wiradjuri man, Adam Shipp believes it’s important that environmental-based organisations work with First Nations groups to deepen knowledge and respect for First Nations culture and practices. Landcare Australia CEO, Dr Shane Norrish, recognizes the vital role children play in taking care of the natural environment and is excited to see even more children have the opportunity to take on this role.
A guide of Top 10 Woolworths Junior Landcare Project Ideas is available here, with ideas to help bring environmental education and First Nations perspectives into your school or early learning centre.
Applications for the 2023 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants are open now and close 17 March 2023.
To find out more about the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants Program and to apply: