explore . identify. Protect

The Wild Defenders Club is a fun and educational exploration program for children of all ages that focuses on the discovery, preservation and protection of native plant and animal species. Each booklet includes interesting facts relating to the topic and nature based activities for the children to complete. On successful completion of the activities, parents award the child their merit badge. The Club is designed to promote a sense of responsibility in children for protecting their natural environment while growing their love for nature and knowledge of nature.

Research suggests that children who participate in 'wild nature activities', such as making dens, exploring the forest and camping under the stars, are more likely to develop responsible attitudes and behaviours towards the environment:

Wild defenders club is more than just a club. Discover Australia from the outside in and be inspired to protect our precious native species.

Time spent in natural environments encourages children to recognise themselves as part of nature and to develop a sense of ecological self.  The stronger this self-perception as being part of nature, the more likely a child is to protect it."

(Source:  Planet Ark's 2013 report: Missing Trees: The Inside Story of an Outdoor Nation)

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