New Read4Nature program to inspire Wimmera children

ON SHOW: Edenhope librarian Melanie Donovan and environmental educator Jeanie Clark display some of the library’s picture books used in the Read4Nature workshop on Friday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED
ON SHOW: Edenhope librarian Melanie Donovan and environmental educator Jeanie Clark display some of the library’s picture books used in the Read4Nature workshop on Friday. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

WARRACKNABEAL environmental educator Jeanie Clark has developed a new Read4Nature program.

The program aims to encourage a love and knowledge of science and nature in children through picture books.

Mrs Clark received a Federal Government Inspiring Australia Unlocking Australia's Potential grant to support the project, which she runs with Wimmera Regional Library Corporation.

Mrs Clark said the free program would benefit people most likely to read with or to children, such as parents and grandparents.

"I hope participants will enjoy taking a deeper look at such books, especially their pictures,'' she said.

"They should develop an appreciation of themselves as communicators of science when using them, and of these books' potential to engender a love of nature in children from the youngest ages.''

Mrs Clark said the program would start with a workshop to explore picture books in the library, how to identify the science in them and ideas for sharing it with children.

Participants will use the ideas to plan events for National Science Week, from August 11 to August 19.

Mrs Clark said the program had already visited St Arnaud, Dimboola and Edenhope.

She said it would be in Horsham today, Nhill on Thursday, Warracknabeal on Friday and Birchip and Stawell next week.

Mrs Clark said people could visit the corporation's website at www.wrlc.org.au or http://enviroed4all.com.au/read4nature/wimmera-libraries for the full program.