Volunteer Week ft. Students

Students today.  Volunteers tomorrow.  As part of National Volunteer Week (8-14 May 2017) we are celebrating all our wonderful environmental warriors, including the armies of students that care for the coast each term.

More than 470 students have participated in our Environmental Education Program in Term 1 alone, with over 1,400 students experiencing the hands on learning last year.

These students range from kindergarten to tertiary, and all actively contribute to the ongoing protection of environmental assets along the 37km of Crown land reserves we manage.

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s Environment and Education Manager Katie Dolling said student’s involvement in natural land management greatly boosts conservation efforts on the coast, but also helps to connect the next generation with volunteers and volunteering opportunities for the future.

“Education is the key to sustaining our iconic coastline, and hands on learning is a fantastic way to build a life-long association with our coastline.

“Getting the next generation involved in environmental volunteering has never been more critical for both the future of the coast and current environmental efforts.

“We invest heavily in students so that they can learn about a variety of different environmental issues, including the importance of particular ecosystems, the impacts of litter and more.

“With the help of students, our conservation teams are able to plant more than 15 thousand plants each year,” she said.

Here are a few photos from our Education Programs highlighting the work our student volunteers contribute to along the coast.

Thinking of getting involved?  We need your help!  Whether you have a spare hour or weekend, or are wanting to make an ongoing commitment to the coast, there are several volunteer opportunities along the coast.

Learn about the environment from other passionate locals and help contribute to preserving the coastline for future generations. Environmental volunteering is the perfect way to get outdoors and be social with a group of like-minded individuals.

More information about your local volunteer group can be found on our website, or download the brochure to contact your nearest group today!

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