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Rewilding offers a pathway to save the Coastal Emu

With numbers of the coastal emu continuing to rapidly decline, the community of the Clarence Valley met last week at Grafton to discuss strategies to help save this endangered population. Members of the Coastal Emu Alliance pulled out all options to support the recovery of this local iconic species. “With the last community survey [...]


Kids in Nature Network: reconnecting children with nature, to improve the health of both children and nature

Co-founded by Cecile van der Burgh, Dimity Williams, Christine Joy from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Sanne de Swart - all CSL alumni, the Kids in Nature Network's aim is simple… reconnecting children with nature to improve the health of both children and nature. They have identified that the best way to enable more [...]


Planetary health is a social justice issue – for both people and the natural environment

Planetary health is defined as “the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends,” and the news is not good. Recent contributions to our knowledge on this topic include ongoing mass extinctions, the perilous state of the world’s coral reefs and oceans, and catastrophic health outcomes from [...]


How important are man-made green spaces in cities? Very!

The Connecting Nature Project Thirty-seven organisations from 19 countries are involved in the Dublin Trinity College led project which seeks to establish Europe as a global leader in rethinking how cities can support and benefit from nature. The Connecting Nature project aims to bring nature back into cities across Europe. The project is led [...]


China is building the world’s first ‘forest city’

The first Chinese Forest City by Stefano Boeri Architetti is turning into reality. A city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees. For the first time in China and in the world, an innovative urban settlement will combine the challenge for energy self-sufficiency and for the use [...]


Why teens should make time to explore natural places

With over last twenty-five year’s experience in outdoor and environmental education, Dean and Annette Turner have found that around five to fifteen per cent of teens thrive on challenging journeys, while the majority thrive on nature wandering and immersion. Here are some of their ideas and recommendations on how to help teens take the [...]


The best classroom is nature, everything you need is right there!

Morialta Conservation Park is Set for a Stunning New Nature Playground Mr Hutchinson and landscape architect Pete Semple are overseeing the creation of a different type of playground at Morialta Conservation Park in Adelaide's foothills. This playground includes three three-metre rock walls for children to scale, a series of tree forts, slides, boulders, tree [...]


The Upper Coldstream: A fauna assemblage of national signficance

The Upper Coldstream catchment is located in the centre of the “McPherson-Macleay overlap” (between the Macleay River and the McPherson Range); this is the only part of Australia where northern and southern, ancient and modern fauna groups coexist. This blending of biotas means that it is amongst the most biodiverse regions in Australia with [...]


The Upper Coldstream: A nationally significant treasure trove of plant diversity

With highly biodiverse ecosystems ranging from stunted heathy dry sclerophyll forests clinging on skeletal rocky sandstone ridgetops to tall open dry sclerophyll forests on the valley floor, from deep open floodplain wetlands to very tall wet sclerophyll forests and lush subtropical rainforests, the landscapes of the Upper Coldstream catchment change drastically across a very [...]


Why does my child need to go to a club to hang out in nature?

The team from the Educated by Nature are listening to what children want. Where they are hearing time and time again that children are yearning and are desperate for space to explore, build, play and connect with each other, with nature and with themselves. They simply want time to be in their own world [...]