Creative Catchment Kids began in 2010 as an initiative of Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre. The program aims to improve engagement between our funding partners and school students across the Murray-Darling Basin. Our programs provide opportunities for positive, cooperative activities that encourage students to learn about and respond to, natural resource management and the importance of agricultural production. Since it began, more than 60 schools from Cabramurra to Tibooburra have benefited from being involved in Creative Catchment Kids each year.
Creative Catchment Kids adopted the Enviro-Stories literacy-based program in 2011 and since then it has been a highly rewarding program for the students, schools, parents and supporting agencies. Creative Catchment Kids is more than just a book writing program, it is a curriculum linked program that encourages links between schools and communities, leadership and team work within the students, connects students with their local area and celebrates local achievements.
In 2015, Creative Catchment Kids won the NSW Junior Landcare Award. This was followed up in 2016 by the program winning the National Junior Landcare Award. A great achievement for everyone involved.
The 2017 Creative Catchment Kids program is underway in the Murray, Riverina and Western area of New South Wales. Each area has its own funding source:
Murray Local Land Services
The Creative Catchment Kids program in the Murray LLS area is event based for 2017. Each school on the program will attend an event in their area based on a local theme. The school will attend this day and nominate some students to be their Creative Catchment Kids representatives. The Creative Catchment Kids representatives will then develop a resource on their event. The resource choice includes factsheet/flyer, poster, PowerPoint presentation or short video and some schools a calendar or book.
Western Local Land Services
In the Western area of NSW, schools will recognise someone in their local community by highlighting their actions taken to look after the local land and water resources for conservation, agriculture or cultural heritage purposes. Students will interview people in order to gain the information needed for a book.
Indigenous Advancement Strategy
This program is being run in the Riverina area of NSW. It is a literacy based project that links traditional and modern land use activities – land management, native plants, cultural burning and environmental flows, etc. These books will include some Wiradjuri texts, include explanatory photographs and draw on knowledge of local Elders
For more details contact our staff at Wirraminna on 02 6029 3185.
All participants in the Western Local Land Services and Indigenous Advancement Strategy program will need to download the Story Template!
You can read hundreds of stories that have already been written by kids in the Enviro-Stories Library – many of these books have been produced under the Creative Catchment Kids program.
Thanks to our valuable supporters
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy