Little Footprint, Big Future

Published 13 Oct 2017 
about  Eurardy Reserve Hamelin Station Reserve  
Elisabeth & Cameron Peron (Bush Heritage Volunteer & local NGO Chapman River Friends member)<br/> Elisabeth & Cameron Peron (Bush Heritage Volunteer & local NGO Chapman River Friends member)
Elisabeth & Jo at the Bush Heritage Stall. Photo: Richard McLellan<br/> Elisabeth & Jo at the Bush Heritage Stall. Photo: Richard McLellan
Tullewa pointing to Bush Heritage's mid-west properties<br/> Tullewa pointing to Bush Heritage's mid-west properties
A tweet from participant Bindi Isbister - Jo making origami golden-shouldered parrots with children.<br/> A tweet from participant Bindi Isbister - Jo making origami golden-shouldered parrots with children.
Official tree planting of a Kurrajong tree, a symbolic little action to open the exhibition. Photo: Elisabeth McLellan<br/> Official tree planting of a Kurrajong tree, a symbolic little action to open the exhibition. Photo: Elisabeth McLellan

Little Footprint, Big Future is a new exhibition at the Geraldton Museum (running until January 2018). This fabulous NACC and Western Australia Museum initiative aims to engage school age students in how small actions can be easily incorporated into the everyday by anyone to help the natural environment.

The exhibition was launched last Saturday at the Museum grounds in Geraldton with a family fun day. Elisabeth McLellan (Western Rangelands Healthy Landscape Manager) and Jo Axford (Community Engagement – West) held a Bush Heritage stall at the event. It was a beautiful day where the sun finally shone, and families came and had fun while learning how to take small actions to reduce their environmental footprint.

The Bush Heritage stall was an opportunity to talk about the work we're doing in the Western Rangelands – Eurardy Reserve is just up the road from Geraldton and Hamelin Station Reserve is a mere 3.5 hours (that’s just around the corner in this region!). We spent time engaging children in our work – making origami Golden-shouldered Parrots, and exploring different ways that Bush Heritage monitor wildlife on reserves.

Elisabeth reflected, "It was so encouraging seeing hordes of children and their parents visit the excellent exhibition and enjoy all the environmentally themed activities of the Family Fun Day. Participation like this makes me think we do have a Big Future indeed".

The Bush Heritage stall was surrounded by fabulous community groups working on the ground with limited resources all trying to make a difference. One of my favourite initiatives of the day was the re-useable cup library at the coffee van. A ‘borrow-and-bring-back’ stash of reusable cups and washing-up station was set up next to the coffee van. It makes me feel so good to see initiatives like this. We're all working doing our bit to ensure we have a big future.

Thanks to NACC and the Geraldton Museum for allowing Bush Heritage to share the joy of such a lovely day.

See NACC blog for more information.

Elisabeth & Jo at the Bush Heritage Stall. Photo: Richard McLellan<br/> Elisabeth & Jo at the Bush Heritage Stall. Photo: Richard McLellan
Tullewa pointing to Bush Heritage's mid-west properties<br/> Tullewa pointing to Bush Heritage's mid-west properties
A tweet from participant Bindi Isbister - Jo making origami golden-shouldered parrots with children.<br/> A tweet from participant Bindi Isbister - Jo making origami golden-shouldered parrots with children.
Official tree planting of a Kurrajong tree, a symbolic little action to open the exhibition. Photo: Elisabeth McLellan<br/> Official tree planting of a Kurrajong tree, a symbolic little action to open the exhibition. Photo: Elisabeth McLellan