Education about Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies
The Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby raise awareness of this iconic species through local school education programs as well as broader community education and engagement activities such as newsletters, media articles, social media, attending local field days and markets and by holding fundraising events
Why is there a need to educate?
- Some of the most fragile Rock-wallaby colonies (such as those in Kangaroo Valley) are located outside of National Park protected land, including on private property
- While this initially presents a significant challenge in intervening and monitoring these colonies, if landholders can be engaged in the plight of the colonies, this also presents a valuable opportunity
- If we can unite the entire community to support their local Rock-wallabies, we find ourselves with immense power to help the Rock-wallabies survive and thrive
How do we educate the local community?
The Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby support a range of educational programs among schools, landholders and the local community. Hover over each method to see our results.
The support and involvement of communities in the preservation of threatened species is extremely important. We have a long history of visiting schools and providing local biodiversity conservation initiatives. The more people we can educate, the greater the difference we can make.
The Friends value the opportunity of educating the upcoming generations about the importance of, and threats to, Australia’s unique biodiversity. It is upon their shoulders that the social problems arising from the current biodiversity crisis will fall. Children are naturally protective of the other life forms we share our planet with.
The Friends of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby have won multiple awards and grants for community education and delivered engaging school programs to thousands of students over 20 years. The individually tailored programs are designed to be fun and interactive for the students and to assist teachers by meeting curriculum outcomes. The fully subsidised enrichment program will be presented by a passionate Friends member with Working with Children Checks and first-hand experience on the local Rock-wallaby Recovery Program.
The aim of this education program is to inform students of ways they can help in the survival of the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, the importance of community in their survival along with all other animals in Australia’s unique biodiverse environment
If you are interested in having a Friends presentation at your school or community group, please contact us.
Conservation of many threatened species, including the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, is dependent on community support and involvement. When people understand the value of biodiversity and the reasons why biodiversity is being lost at unprecedented rates, they tend to change their attitude and behaviour, and become actively engaged in biodiversity conservation.
We all know that shaping a sustainable future starts now and is the responsibility of everyone. Thankfully, sustainability is now a significant cross-curriculum objective of the National Syllabus.