Children’s University is delighted to welcome National Parks and Wildlife Service, within The Department for Environment and Water (DEW), as our newest Learning Destination partner.
“National parks have a long and proud history in South Australia. 51 years ago the National Parks and Wildlife Act was enacted in a critical step towards conserving and protecting native wildlife and the environment. There are now 358 parks and reserves which cover 21.6% of South Australia. These beautiful and valuable protected areas conserve important ecosystems, habitats, flora and fauna, unique land formations, and culturally significant places.”
National Parks help ensure we continue to have clean air, soil and water, and contribute to global efforts to conserve biodiversity against the impacts of climate change. For First Nations Australians, protected areas are invaluable in maintaining connections to their Country.
South Australia’s national parks are also a treasure trove of heritage sites that connect visitors to the trials, challenges, and stories of the past. We are fortunate in South Australia to have so many beautiful national parks to bushwalk, ride, camp and stay in.
From 2023, National Parks and Wildlife Service will begin sharing exciting activities, events and online resources with Children’s University members. Even visiting a park will count towards hours in your passport. So, put on your walking shoes and find a park or camp
site near you!
We can’t wait to hear of your experiences of the rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and unique and endangered species of our national parks, which make South Australia such a special place.
Park of the Month
The aim of Park of the Month is to connect people with nature by activating park visitation through park events and experiences.
To find out the latest Park of the Month and activity details, visit the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.
Don’t forget to take completed activity sheets to your Children’s University coordinator to receive a stamp in your Passport to Learning.
With the support of The Department for Environment and Water, CU is able to fulfil its goal of supporting and promoting social inclusion at all levels.
By enabling young people in regional South Australia to access the Children’s University program, including school holiday programs and graduation ceremonies, we promote equity of opportunity and establish new pathways for higher education for all children, particularly those affected by disadvantage.
We thank the Honourable Susan Close, Minister for Climate, Environment and Water for her part in supporting South Australian communities and families by enhancing the lives of their children.
For a full list of South Australia’s parks and campgrounds, please check their Website (National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia)