Creative Catchment Kids - There have been 32 books published under the CCK's primary school program this year, which saw a mix of community and cultural heritage books created. An additional six books have been published through their new Preschool program. Over the holidays we will be uploading all the primary school books into the Enviro-Stories Library for everyone to download and read.
Photo: Boree Creek Public School
Water in Rural Communities - The winners for the CRDC's Water in Rural Communities program have been announced and the books are now in the library. There have been seven books published - 2 from Narrabri Public School, 2 from St. Joseph's Primary School in Wee Waa, 2 from Inverell Public School and one book from Crescent Lagoon State School in Queensland. Congratulations to all the kids involved. READ THE BOOKS
Hotspot Heroes - Wheatbelt NRM has been working with students from Hyden Primary School, Avondale Primary School, Pingrup Primary School and Narembeen District High School to write biodiversity-themed story books focusing on local threatened species and what can be done to save them from extinction.
The books focus on reducing threats to Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) listed species and the students worked really hard to write and illustrate the books themselves. Both PDF and interactive versions for iBooks are available to download from the Library. READ THE BOOKS
Solo Project - Bemboka Public School in south-east NSW is one of our dairy communities affected by the recent milk price crisis. PeeKdesigns has donated their time to publish a book that the students have created about their local community as part of the Solo Project.
A Story to Tell follows Bemboka’s dairy history from the 1800s through to today. It is a great legacy that the students of Bemboka Public School has shared with their community to keep the dairying spirit alive.
Photos: Bemboka Public School students (L) and Bemboka community reading their book (R).
We have had a hiccup with the flipping version of the books on our Library this year and there will be no flip-books created. We are still looking into this problem as we know there are many people who appreciate the ease of flipping through the stories just like they were a real book. You can still download a version of this year's books as a PDF. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Coming up in 2017
2017 is set to be another exciting year for Enviro-Stories.
- We will continue to partner with Creative Catchment Kids for both their primary school and their preschool programs.
- The Cotton Research and Development Corporation will be running their competition again and we encourage schools in cotton growing communities to participate; the theme has not been chosen yet.
- Another 5 books will be prepared under the Hotspot Heroes program in WA.
- A new WA sponsor has come on board and we are excited to be working with Northern Agricultural Catchments Council over the next 2 years as they encourage their regional schools to investigate invasive species under their 'Feral Fix' program.