Each year Bellarine Bayside partners with local, environmental organisations (Bellarine Catchment Network and the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre in 2017) to educate our primary school children on their local coastal environment and encourage the kids to become environmental heroes for the Northern Bellarine.

On Thursday 1 June 2017, St Leonards Primary School made their way to the St Leonards foreshore near Bengalat Reserve to learn about the coastal environment both in and out of the water and how they can help this environment by reducing the amount of plastic litter that may end up in the ocean. As part of the day they planted several coastal species, played an interactive beach game that helps kids learn about marine litter prevention, and discovered marine animals in the intertidal zone by collecting and sifting through seaweed and sand. After a well-deserved barbeque lunch, the kids headed back into the classroom to create new anti-litter designs and slogans for Bellarine Bayside calico bags. The winning designs will be determined at a later date, so keep an eye on our e-News for the winning announcement.

Portarlington Primary School will have their Environmental Education Day with Bellarine Bayside and partners on Friday 30 June 2017.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week (2-9 July 2017) we will be hosting a Community Environment Day on Sunday 9 July 2017 at Miller Boys Memorial in St Leonards. For further information on these, or any Bellarine Bayside activity or project, please email us at contactus@bellarinebayside.com.au.