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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. 

About

Future Conservation Heroes connects with children and families through science, art and the local natural environment. We are driven to ensure future generations and custodians of our environment are well informed and engaged with local environmental challenges.

 

Training young citizen scientists and developing career pathways is at the core of our programs. Programs include Turtles in Schools, Mural Movement (where science meets art) along with opportunities to engage with the 1 Million Turtle activities, such as the National Nest Predation Survey, TurtleSAT and nest protection programs (see Teachers Resources page).

Unforgettable Experiences. Lifelong Impact
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Mural Movement

Our Mural Movement is where science meets art. 1 Million Turtles is working with Local Councils to create self-directed 'Turtle Tours' around urban wetlands where communities can train to become Citizen Scientists and transform everyday walks into opportunities to connect with science and their local wildlife (e.g., Lake Alexandra in Mittagong NSW).

 

These tours include areas where children can use chalk to create their own turtle images on pavements next or nearby wetlands or any suitable areas. Photos of their artwork can then be uploaded online to a dedicated online portal where it will remain permanently capturing their artwork forever.

Other activities such as our 'turtle rock art' allows children to learn more about threats to turtles, what they look like and to translate that into an artistic expression and create a turtle of their own. You may also combine this with chalk and other colouring activities.  

Find out more by clicking the link below.

More to come

Turtles in Schools

Children are well positioned to lead and shape a sustainable future. 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 brings together children, teachers and schools to connect with turtles and their environments. This program also provides opportunities to develop accredited skills, scientific learning and undertake vocational pathways that puts the environment at the forefront. 

Our programs are designed to be hands-on and aligned to direct conservation benefits. Ultimately, the Turtles in Schools program will provide curriculum and training to enable any  school and teacher to participate.

Find out more by clicking the link below   

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“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.”

Sir David Attenborough 


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We have also 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!

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