Botanic Garden draws thousands for state’s largest celebration of the environment

05 June 2019

Date posted: 05 June 2019

Thousands of South Australian students are coming to Adelaide Botanic Garden on Wednesday 5 June to celebrate World Environment Day.

More than 2,000 students from 42 schools will participate, making it the largest World Environment Day celebration in South Australia.

Schools Education Manager at Adelaide Botanic Garden, Aaron Harrison, says that the event is about inspiring the next generation of environmentally-conscious citizens.

“Students get hands-on experiences to learn about local and global environmental issues and what they can do about it,” he says.

“Children get the chance to do activities they may not be able do at school or at home like getting up-close with native wildlife, harvesting vegetables and learning about plant conservation.”

Students will have the opportunity to participate in more than 40 presentations from organisations across the state including Zoos SA, Cleland Wildlife Park and CSIRO.

Director of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, Dr Lucy Sutherland, says World Environment Day is one of the state’s most important events.

“World Environment Day has become a global platform, encouraging awareness and action for the protection and sustainable use of our environment across more than 100 countries,” she says.

“Adelaide Botanic Garden’s event is the state’s largest celebration. Since our first annual celebration in 1996, we have educated tens-of-thousands of young South Australians.”

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ flagship day for encouraging worldwide environmental action.

Adelaide Botanic Garden’s World Environment Day event is made possible by the long-term and successful partnership between the Department for Education and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.

World Environment Day Celebrations at Adelaide Botanic Garden are from 10am – 2pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. Interview, film and photo opportunities are available.

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