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Glenthorne earmarked as a location for unique outdoor education program

Read about Glenthorne’s role in a new outdoor education program that will help improve the outdoor learning experience for SA students.

Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta has been identified as one of the outdoor natural spaces that will be used in a unique new South Australian outdoor education program.

The Environmental Education Action Plan 2021–2024 is a joint initiative between South Australian environment and education departments which aims to improve environmental and sustainability education opportunities for public pre-school and school students.

The plan was announced at Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta in late July where a Memorandum of Administrative Arrangement (MOAA) was signed on behalf of both departments by Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs and Minister for Education John Gardner.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs and Minister for Education John Gardner signing the MOAA.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs and Minister for Education John Gardner signing the MOAA.

Under the program, students will learn from professionals in the field and schools will also partner with other organisations to get involved in local environmental and sustainability projects based in local parks, bushlands and community gardens.

The program has also been co-designed to support pathways for students in industries such as conservation and land management, agriculture and animal care, as well as aquaculture, horticulture and forestry.

It will provide students with opportunities to learn from employers about essential skills for the environmental and sustainability fields including future careers for the rollout of South Australia’s new hydrogen energy sector.

A new working group will be established which will oversee the implementation of this plan and will report back to both Ministers on an annual basis.

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