Together with the Manning Regional Art Gallery and the Manning River Turtle Conservation Group we're delighted to invite teachers and students to participate in an art project that connects people with nature, by bringing awareness to our iconic, endangered Manning River Turtle.
This project is part of 'withNature2020’, a global initiative that actively aims to raise awareness of the extinction crisis and engage the public in the conservation and care of biodiversity.
'withNature2020' aims to engage people with the need to protect the diversity in their local ecosystem, wherever they are, and to create a visually memorable mass event that will focus a spotlight on biodiversity and convince world leaders that people care.
In May 2021, signatories to the Convention on Biodiversity will make decisions that may determine whether we reverse the trend towards species extinction, 'withNature2020' is an international creative call to protect all species.
Students from local schools will create Manning River Helmeted Turtles using sticks, wool and a simple weaving technique, as shown in the video below.
The art works will be gathered and displayed in the shape of a large turtle on 22 May to correspond with the International Day of Biological Diversity.
Students will learn about this precious local turtle that is found only in the Manning, as well as things they can do to look after aquatic wildlife, such as avoiding single-use plastics, putting litter in the bin and following the 'Take 3' motto to pick up rubbish around waterways.
Craft packs will be distributed to participating schools early in Term 1.
A live Zoom webinar held on 3 March informed teachers and students all about this unique turtle and how to participate in the project. A recording of this webinar is available below.
To get involved, please contact Ali Haigh at MidCoast Council on 6592 5455 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Image captured by Gary Stephenson.