Growing up Green

How do we foster a love of nature and sustainability within our younger generations? What practical action can parents and educators take?

Discussion facilitated by Julia Curtis.

Panel Members:

  • Sam Cuff (Parks and Wildlife) has spent the last decade working for the Parks and Wildlife Service inspiring people to get out and connect with Tassie’s astonishing wilderness areas. Sam looks forward to sharing some of these experiences during the Growing up Green forum.
  • Nell Smit (Greening Australia) Nel has a passion for connecting people to nature. She links education and environment at the Sustainability Learning Centre to promote action.
  • Di Nailon (University of Tasmania) is an early childhood educator and researcher with a passion for being alongside young children on their adventures into learning about and learning for sustainability. Di brings her practical experiences with educators and young children to the Sustainable Living program.
  • Dorka Kabaivanof (Bush Kinder) has been a registered Family Day Carer with Lady Gowrie since 2011. She runs a much loved bush kinder program for children three and a half to five years of age in the beautiful Waterworks Reserve overlooked by Mt Wellington. Children explore, learn and investigate in a natural environment engaging with all their senses, active and free to inquire. Forest Kindergarten are widespread in Europe and their benefit for the children's emotional, social and intellectual learning is well known.
  • Rob Fairly (Doolami) has worked as a facilitator of wilderness based therapy courses for a decade.  He believes in the power of these programs to create transformative experiences that lead to dynamic and positive changes in people’s lives.
  • Audrey Carter - Audrey is a home-educated teenager who’s passionate about the environment and reducing waste. She has been living waste-free with her family for over a year.

As always, the Festival Discussions bring you a panel of experts to discuss the pressing and fascinating issues of our time.


  • November 13, 2016 at 2:30pm – 4pm
  • Sustainable Living Festival, Hobart Waterfront