Community events and volunteering
There are a number of programs available for people who would like to get involved in conservation and help protect our environment.
The Junior Ranger program
The Junior Ranger program is about bringing sustainable natural resource management into the classroom. Aimed at school students, the program aims to incorporate Indigenous values for looking after country into the school curriculum.
By working with Indigenous land and sea rangers, students will develop a deeper understanding and acquire first-hand experience of natural resource management and related careers.
Activities and learning outcomes are aligned to the Australian curriculum.
Please contact the ranger coordinator in your local community to find out how to get involved.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
NAIDOC Week usually starts on the first Sunday of July each year (in 2017, NAIDOC Week is 2–9 July). However, since school holidays are around this time, NAIDOC Week is often celebrated at different times across Queensland.
Activities you may like to do in your local community include:
- forming a NAIDOC Week committee to coordinate events
- making a rainbow serpent with school students
- holding a spear-making and spear-throwing competition at your school
- holding a sports day at your school
- holding a school battle of bands
- developing a NAIDOC Week video and show it at community events
- asking an Indigenous Australian elder to talk to your school about their community
- visiting story places with rangers and local community members
- holding a school open day and showcasing junior ranger activities.
Clean up our environment
Enjoying the environment is an important part of the Queensland lifestyle. Keeping the environment clean maintains its aesthetic value and visual amenity.
There are a number of organisations that rely on volunteers to help keep Queensland environment free from litter and illegally dumped rubbish.
Keep Queensland Beautiful is Queensland’s longest standing community-based, environmental organisation that encourages a state-wide network of grassroots volunteers who work to deliver a cleaner greener environment.
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve the environment. Every year on Clean Up Australia Day, hundreds of thousands of Australians get stuck in and clean up their local environment by collecting and removing rubbish. Clean Up Australia coordinates the event and provides resources and materials to help you plan your activity.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is focused on the health of our marine environment, and coordinates the Australian Marine Debris Initiative—an on-ground network of volunteers, communities, organisations and agencies around the country monitoring the impacts of marine debris along their stretch of coastline.
Volunteering with us will give you the chance to:
- contribute to the protection and management of our natural environment
- meet people and develop knowledge, skills and self-esteem
- use your skills and experience to help the community.
As a volunteer, a departmental officer will:
- give you an introduction to the department
- explain your role
- provide training
- help with any questions or issues that you have.
Call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information.