Each one of us can make a difference.
Together we make change.
— Barbara Mikulski

Since 2016 Green Heroes has been developing programs that engage children and youth in meaningful conservation activities. The focus of our Wild Defenders program is to empower young people to take action to preserve and create wildlife habitats and to support the vital work of wildlife rescue organisations.

wild defenders incentive badge program for children aged 8 to 12

The Wild Defenders Club is a fun and educational exploration program (for children aged 8 and above) focused on the discovery, preservation and protection of native plant and animal species. Each booklet in the series includes interesting facts and nature based activities for the children to complete. On successful completion of the activities, parents award the child their merit badge. The program is designed to nurture a love for nature and empower children to take action to protect their natural environment.

We currently have six booklets in the series: Wildlife Rescue, The Big Clean Up, The Green House, Tree Hugger, Mapping and Astronomy. These can be purchased through our shop.

The Turtletastic booklet is currently under development and should be available by mid-November 2019.

wild defenders ambassador program for youth aged 12 to 16

We’re excited to announce that in 2020 we will launch a Green Heroes ambassador program for youth aged 12 to 16. The program will build the capacity of passionate young conservationists to advocate for wildlife in their schools and communities. This will be a joint initiative between Green Heroes & Wildcare Australia, working closely with Australian Seabird Rescue North Coast Branch (home to Ballina Byron Sea Turtle Hospital).

The role of wildlife ambassadors will be to raise awareness about issues affecting native animals and to co-ordinate projects within their school that directly assist Australian wildlife conservation. This could include working with educators and peers to organise events such as collecting pre-loved teddy bears for orphaned marsupials to cuddle, fundraising for a local wildlife rescue organisation, restoring degraded habitats and leading conservation workshops. Green Heroes will provide wildlife ambassadors with a free resource handbook and ongoing information and support throughout the school year.

We recognise that each school has its own procedures and is at a different stage in its sustainability journey. During Term 4 of 2019, we will be working with a dedicated team of students, educators, wildlife carers and conservationists to develop the program, ready for launch in January 2020. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us at https://www.greenheroes.org.au/contact or email Sarah Barnes at scribble@greenheroes.org.au

ideas to get you thinking

reduce single-use plastic in your school

organise a community tree planting day

raise awareness about conservation