Bootcamp encourages children to get in touch with nature

Children can learn how to repurpose clothing, cook with leftovers and how to create a garden at a wide range of free and interesting environmental workshops these school holidays.

The annual Enviro Bootcamp is tailored for children aged 5-12 during the October school holidays with nine fun and interactive workshops.

Parents can register their children for all the workshops or just the ones that interest them which will be held at the Nalawala Sustainability Hub at Fairfield Showground.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone encouraged school aged children to experience the fun interactive workshops that will showcase some of the interesting and fascinating facts about the local environment.

"Children can repurpose clothes and jewellery to make something new and exciting to take home and wear, turn clean waste into art, go for a bush walk, take beautiful nature photographs, have a barbecue or discover the critters in our creeks," he said.

"Each day's workshop is stand-alone and different, so there is sure to be something to interest you."

Registration is required as spaces are limited.

The workshops:

Showcasing Council's garbage truck and the Local Water Catchment Model: Come and see how a garbage truck operates as well as interacting with Council's Local Water Catchment Model, Monday, September 30, 9.30am - 12pm.

Repurposing clothing: Bring an old t-shirt and repurpose it into place mats and shopping bags, Tuesday, October 1, 9.30am - 12pm.

Cooking with leftovers: Enjoy a fun day learning how to cook with leftovers, Wednesday, October 2, 9.30am - 12pm.

Critters in creeks: Have you ever wondered what critters are in our creeks? Kids have an opportunity to explore critters in our waterways in this exciting Enviro Bootcamp workshop, Thursday, October 3, 9.30am - 12pm.

Plant propagation: Come and learn how to create your own garden, Friday, October 4, 9.30am - 12pm.

Energy sustainability: the power of the sun Ever wondered how solar energy works? Kids will get to explore the power of the sun through this exciting Enviro Bootcamp workshop, Tuesday, October 8, 9.30am - 12pm.

Native flora bush walk: Come and enjoy the great outdoors on a bush walk along Orphan School Creek. Wednesday, October 9, 9.30am - 12pm.

Nature photography: Photography combines art, science and the power of observation. This workshop looks at how different lights will affect the final product. Thursday, October 10, 9.30am - noon.

Recycled art fun day: Come and join us in a fun day of using recycled materials to create arts and craft projects, Friday, October 11, 9.30am - noon.