Future Conservation Heroes
Turtles as an Agent for Change
Future Conservation Heroes is an initiative of the 1Million Turtles Community Conservation Program (1MillionTurtles.com). It enables our future generations to connect with nature and empowers them to become leaders in conserving their local environment and addressing the biodiversity crisis. We believe that a single connection can make a difference in the community, and that collective connections can greatly impact the world. Through hands on training, advocacy and outreach activities, the 1 Million Turtles community works tirelessly to ensure future custodians of our biodiversity are connected with their environment today.
Future Conservation Heroes connects with children and families through science, art and the local environment. We are driven to ensure future generations and custodians of our environment are well informed, educated and engaged with local environmental challenges. Training young citizen scientists and developing career pathways is at the core of our programs, which includes Turtles in Schools program; A Mural Movement, where science meets art; and engagement with 1 Million Turtle programs, such as the National Nest Predation Survey, TurtleSAT and nest protection programs.
Unforgettable Experiences. Lifelong Impact
Our mural movement is where science meets art. 1 Million Turtles have created self directed 'Turtle Tours' around urban wetlands where communities can train to become Citizen Scientists. Many of these tours includes areas where children can use chalk to create their own turtle on the pavement next to the wetland. This can be done anywhere though. Photos of their artwork can then be uploaded to a permanent online mural to capture their artwork forever. Our rock art activities allows children to learn about threats to turtles, what they look like and to translate that into an artistic expression and create a turtle of their own. Find out more by clicking the link below.
Turtles in Schools
Children are well positioned to shape and ensure our sustainable futures. They also have the most at stake when it comes to environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. Indeed, children are not apolitical or politically disengaged. Far from it. They are environmentally aware and are gaining political power through movements such as School Strikes 4 Climate.
Our Turtles in Schools program allows children, teachers and school networks to connect with turtles and their environments, as well as develop accredited skills and learning and vocational pathways that puts the environment front and center.
Our programs are designed to be hands on and have direct conservation benefits. Ultimately, the Turtles in Schools program will provide curriculum and training to allow any school and teacher to participate.
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We have partnered with local junior sports associations and provided sponsorship for jerseys and equipment.
Local sporting groups are volunteer based and not for profit. They bring hundreds of families together each year. Our program not only provides financial support for the clubs, but also works directly with the families on environmental and conservation education.
We will be expanding our reach into other junior programs in coming years.
Currently we sponsor the Mountain Lions joint venture between Blue Mountains and Emu Plains junior AFL clubs (ages 8-15) in the Western Sydney competition, as well as the Blue Mountains Auskick program for kids under 7 years of age.
Congratulations to the Under 13 and Under 15 Mountain Lions teams who are premiers for 2022.
““Young people - they care. They know that this is the world that they're going to grow up in, that they're going to spend the rest of their lives in. But, I think it's more idealistic than that. They actually believe that humanity, human species, has no right to destroy and despoil regardless.”