Since the Nature Summits in June, groups across the country have brought their communities together via nature outreach. Below you'll find five ways to maximise your nature outreach impact in 2023.

Using immersive experiences like bushwalks and tree plantings we are starting to reach new people and elevate the preciousness and precariousness of nature with them. By reaching beyond the choir and taking newbies on a journey to become advocates we can grow the movement for nature.

Nature outreach

Clockwise from top left: ACF Greater Western Sydney’s Picnic and Nature Treasure Hunt at Western Sydney Parklands, ACF Community Darebin’s Deep Time Walk along the Merri Creek, ACF Community Adelaide at the Waite Arboretum, and ACF Brisbane Northside launches their Shady Lanes project

 

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Melbourne Alliance community groups at the platy-project launch at Mullum Mullum Reserve

We've had some great success so far and we are on the cusp of significant wins. We can't stop now. We need to reach and activate even more new people in 2023. There's support to help you do that:

  1. Book a coaching session with your organiser to workshop your activity concept, develop strategies for reaching and onboarding new people, and ensure running activities is sustainable. Together, you’ll make a plan to use nature outreach as a tool that increases the capacity of your group via recruitment, restoration and rejuvenation. 
  2. Promote your event! Once you’ve scheduled in your first two events for the year, let your organiser know and we’ll send some custom flyers for you to distribute to your neighbours and at events/market stalls. Depending on the event, we can also run digital ads targeted at new people in your area for some events. Just provide the event details, description, and a photo.
  3. Check out other nature outreach resources here. On this page you’ll find planning guides, tips for reaching newbies, downloadable flyers and much more. If there’s something you need that isn’t on that page let us know by contacting the Community Helpdesk or emailing [email protected].
  4. Materials! Save Our Big Backyard campaign brochures, stickers, placards and banners are coming soon! Keep an eye out for when materials will be available to pick up from State Leader's Training on Saturday 25 Feb, or from your nearest office. If you're a regional group, please chat with your organiser to arrange postage.
  5. Funding. Have you got a great project idea? Does it meet the project ingredients? Does it need a bit of extra cash to get off the ground? Apply for extra funding for your nature outreach projects - instructions here. 

Whether you’ve already been running activities or are yet to hold your first, there’s lots of help available to run outstanding nature outreach activities that reach our strategic goals.