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This grant will support the Kids Connecting to Country program. This program will engage with over 150 children and the local community at two James Cook University (JCU) Townsville early learning centres by providing ecosystem restoration, local Indigenous teaching and storytelling, developing a bush tucker garden and educating pre-school aged children through hands-on learning with JCU environmental experts and Indigenous Elders.

Grant value: $8,000

Grant category: People, Planet – Reconciliation, Environmental Conservation

Project location: James Cook University Early Learning Centres, Townsville, Queensland

Local branch: Townsville

How to get involved and show support:

The staff at JCU Early Learning Centres and JCU Environment Department invite you to get involved with upcoming community planting days at the UniCare and UniKids centres in September. Volunteers can help plant native trees to restore the local ecosystem and learn about the local environment. 

Community planting day dates and times:

  • 9am – 11am Wednesday 5 September  - UniCare centre – 1 James Cook Drive
  • 9am – 11am Wednesday 19 September  - UniKids centre – Monkhouse Road

Later in the year the community is invited to help plant bush tucker gardens at both centres and enjoy a tour of the facility with storytelling and cultural teachings from local Indigenous elders (dates to be announced.)

About this community customer:

JCU Early Learning Centres are non-profit, community-based long day care centres located at JCU's Douglas Campus. The two centres offer places for infants to pre-prep children.

Their professional and dedicated team provide a program that enables children to learn through exploration and stimulating experiences, within the surrounding natural environments.

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