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Hunt for beach treasures these holidays

Tuesday 15 January 2019

Parents and carers wanting to lure kids away from their screens these holidays have access to a free guide to explore Eurobodalla’s beaches and estuaries.

Eurobodalla Council has envirohunt activity sheets on its website that can help residents and visitors undertake their own beach-side treasure hunt.

Available for Broulee Island, Congo Point, Tomaga Estuary, Narooma Estuary, Shelly Beach, Surfside Beach and Barlings Beach, the sheets are tailored to each location and are designed to assist families understand and value the ecosystems they live or holiday in.

They include activities and information about natural landforms, interesting plants and animals you’re likely to find, and Indigenous and colonial history.

Children can learn about where different types of shells come from, the different types of seaweed, as well as beach creatures, birdlife, algae and more.

Council’s environmental education officer Bernadette Davis said the guides would help parents answer the inevitable questions – “What is that? What does it do?” that kids often asked as they explored the shire’s coast and estuaries.

“These are fun activities that help families value the environment where they live and holiday, and can ignite a life-long interest in the natural environment,” Ms Davis said.

“All it costs is a bit of time and effort.”