Cows, kids and kindness proved just the right mix on Sunday at Edgar’s Mission when all three merged together for Kids Day Out 2012. Held this year in conjunction with the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, Roots and Shoots Program, around 35 excited young people searched for birds’ nests, woodworm carvings and snake skins as part of the nature trail. While the farm tour gave the youngsters the opportunity to get up close and personal with pigs, goats, chickens and the farm favorites, Bambi and Gemima Deer. The turkeys too were a huge hit as they showed a side of turkeys few people rarely get to see.
“Wow, I never knew turkeys were so friendly and inquisitive” said one newly devoted turkey fan.
“It’s just wonderful seeing the enthusiasm all the children had for wanting to find ways to make a positive difference in the world” said Edgar’s Mission founder, Pam Ahern. “Fostering their innate awe and interest in the natural world have so many positives in encouraging young people to think deeply about the impact they are having on our world. They will after all be the decision makers of tomorrow”
Alicia Kennedy, of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia, spoke of their exciting upcoming “Live the change challenge” starting May 16, where every day for 21 days participants are asked to commit to 3 simple actions each day. Ranging from bringing your own coffee cup, planting a tree, turning the lights out while you watch television (or even not watching television) or writing to a politician; individuals pledge to find ways to make the world a better place. For more information please click here.
And what would a day out at Edgar’s Mission be without tricks from the pigs? The inimitable Polly carried more than the flag as she not only fetched her toys from her toy box but put away when finished. Now only if we can teach the kids to do the same!
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