Bringing Back the Butterflies (BBB) is a project by the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE, or A2E2) designed to directly engage with people by encouraging them to plant native butterfly attracting plants in their front gardens and verges. These plantings are accompanied by informative signs designed to educate and recruit more participants. These signed plantings stimulate neighbourhood level conversations and build community engagement. Urban nature walks encourage people to get out in the fresh air and observe the growth of native plants and the return of our native butterflies, as well as having positive impact on the individual’s well-being.
Pictures: top L-R: gardening team at the Junction Community Centre, and the garden before planting (15/7/18). bottom L-R: a volunteer and Deidre preparing the soil for plants at the Junction Community Centre (15/7/18), and a healthy Pale Fan Flower bush.
By engaging citizens directly in improving our biodiversity and preserving our native butterflies we will build an awareness of the need to engage personally with sustainability. BBB is a practical mechanism for people to become educated about environmental issues, understand the importance of education for sustainability and help build connected communities.
Pictures L-R: butterfly food before planting at the Junction Community Centre (15/7/18), and a volunteer at said garden (15/7/18).
Schools have become participants and, alongside plantings, integrate many aspects into the curriculum, including butterfly biology and life cycles, biodiversity and sustainability. Students take the project home and encourage their parents, grandparents and neighbours to help build the network.
Pictures L-R: Students planting at Pooraka Primary School, and students planting at Woodville High School.
Australian Association of Environmental Education
AAEE is the national body
representing people working in the Environmental Education field. This
includes all teachers and associated educators since sustainability is a
“cross curriculum priority” in the Australian Curriculum. AAEE provides
peer support, professional development opportunities, biennial
conferences, a journal, a direct connection to international and UN
Education for Sustainability organisations plus other opportunities for
educators to develop their practical skills. AAEE also opens the door
for a vast array of materials available to educators to help them
incorporate EfS into their practice without adding to their workload.
The SA Chapter will welcome you as a member.
Membership information can be found at aaee.org.au
Project in Action
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Meet The BBB Team
BBB director, gardener, butterfly enthusiast, member of the AAEE and Trees For Life.
BBB director, gardener, butterfly enthusiast, member of the AAEE and NRM, former teacher of biodiversity and sustainability.
Website creator, gardener, butterfly lover