25 Junior Landcare ideas

Every day, across Australia, Junior Landcare kids are taking action to protect the world around them. Together with their teachers, classmates, parents, carers and community groups, there are lots of different ways children can get their hands dirty when it comes to caring for and connecting with their local environment. Here’s a few great ideas you and your Junior Landcarer can enjoy.
1. Plant an indigenous plant-use garden. Grow native plants and bush tucker to discover new tastes and the many ways First Nations people have been using plants for thousands of years.
2. Turn trash into treasure. Repurpose items from the recycling bin into an assortment of animal sculptures for your backyard, schoolyard or local community garden
3. Create your own tyre beds. Add visual impact to your garden and prevent waste going to the landfill by upcycling old tyres into sturdy garden beds.
4. Make a water for wildlife station. Providing water is a simple way to help local fauna – and you can do so using materials you already have at home.
5. Build a vertical garden. A great project to do at home or school – recycle plastic bottles and use them as a space-saving way to grow herbs and other plants.
6. Create an ecosystems quilt. Make your own quilt or use cardboard or a magnetic board to create a habitat backdrop for a fun and interactive way to explore ecosystems.
7. Make paper seed shapes. Turn wastepaper or egg cartons into seed paper shapes – and help plants to attract pollinators at the same time.
8. Create an interactive bush-tucker trail. Set up plaques with QR codes to provide students and community members as easy way to learn more about native plants and their uses.
9. Build your own air bee’n’bee. From placing hollow stems into recycled cans to constructing nests from hardwood boxes, there are lots of ways to build your very own bee hotel.
10. Make artworks for tree guards. Create artworks to protect garden plants or for tree guards in your local setting, using coloured pencils, charcoal or paints made from clay or ochre.
11. Create a lizard lounge. Build a safe space for lizards using materials such as rocks, soil and natural vegetation, and firsthand see the benefits of creating something from scratch.
12. Propagate plants from scraps. Don’t toss out your leftover fruit and vegetable food scraps; use them to sprout or propagate plants for a fun and easy waste-management activity.

Grow native plants and bush tucker to
discover new tastes and the many ways
First Nations people have been using
plants for thousands of years.

13. Make your own natural pesticide. Cultivate happy, healthy plants using natural ingredients to get rid of unwanted pests such as aphids and scale. 14. Build a wiggling worm farm. Set up your own worm farm to create your own rich fertiliser to help plants grow stronger and healthier.
15. Create your own compost. Reduce the amount of landfill that is produced and provide your soil with lots of good nutrients.
16. Make your own potato chips. Turn a crop of potatoes into a plate of hot chips. It’s a rewarding activity to help kids grow, cook and market their own chips.
17. Mosaic old library tubs. Reuse old library tubs or bookshelves and turn them into garden beds that can be mosaicked with leftover tiles for even more upcycling fun.
18. Create a colour-wheel garden. Assign children or classes with their own primary- or secondary-coloured flowers to plant, grow and attract a range of precious pollinators.
19. Keep a local-seasons journal. Learn more about how First Nations people observe the seasons change and record your own seasonal observations.
20. Go on a bug hunt. Slow down and put on your insect goggles to discover the different types of bugs – the engine room of life – living in your local environment.
21. Plant a harmony garden. Introduce young learners to foods that may reflect our multicultural environment by creating a cultural or ‘harmony’ garden.
22. Make a newspaper seed starter pot. Plant a seed and watch it grow into a seedling, and then into a tasty treat ready for harvesting.
23. Make your own wicking bed. Wicking beds are not only a great way to repurpose materials, they help plants grow in a sustainable and water-wise way, as well.
24. Build you own nest box. Nest boxes are an ideal way to help recreate habitat for our native birds, marsupials and microbats looking for a safe space to call home.
25. Plan a Junior Landcare friendly party.

There are so many different ways to have fun and enjoy an event while also caring for the land, water, flora and fauna.

 Do you have a Junior Landcarer activity you’d like to share? Submit your idea to enquiries@landcareaustralia.com.au for your chance to win a Woolworths gift card, and you can see more about these ideas at juniorlandcare.org.au.

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