Young Environmental Leaders

Young Environmental Leaders

What is the Young Environmental Leaders program?

The Young Environmental Leaders (YEL) program provides an opportunity for primary school students to learn about the local environment by participating in hands-on activities and projects, and develop as leaders within their school community.

Open to students in years 5 and 6, YEL forums are held once per term during school time, at different locations in both the Murraylands and Riverland.

How does the YEL program benefit students?

The YEL program engages students to:

  • develop a connection to the natural environment, resulting in healthier, happier kids who are more mindful of their surroundings,
  • build confidence and skills in leadership, public speaking and peer teaching,
  • establish friendships and exchanging ideas with students from other schools,
  • gain knowledge and skills in caring for and conserving local landscapes,
  • feel inspired and empowered to take action and make positive changes in their local community and at home, and
  • be rewarded for their efforts in learning and sharing throughout the year.
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How does the YEL program benefit teachers?

The YEL program allows teachers to:

  • Receive information for lessons, resources, activities, and curriculum links to utilise and share at school.
  • Network with and learn from other teachers and professionals.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in caring for and conserving local landscapes.
  • Gain professional development recognition for the forums they attend.

Activities and experiences presented at YEL forums link to various curriculum subject areas including science, HASS, geography, health and physical education, and maths. YEL activities align well with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Environmental issues, often complex, require innovative solutions. The Education team encourages hands-on practical activities that enable learners to experiment, use new technologies, test ideas, and create innovative solutions to real problems.

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How much does it cost?

There is no cost to be involved. This program is supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board through funding from the landscape levies.

More information

Download the YEL information pack or contact your local Education Officer:

Rosheen Blumson
Education Officer
(based in Murray Bridge)
0429 595 650

Cindy Kakoschke
Education Officer
(based in Berri)
0429 413 074