Becoming Environmental Superheroes at Kingston Beach

29th February 2024 | 

On Sunday 25th February families joined Landcare Tasmania and Kingston Beach Coastcare to become ‘Environmental Superheros” in a day of interactive environmental storytelling, a puppet show, and a beach clean-up. 

Image: Environmental superheroes Wren, Anna, Elsie, and Saskia (L-R). Photo by Barbara Marshall. 

Participants in the environmental storytelling session got the chance to create an ocean of fish and marine animal puppets with the expert guidance of Sue Stack, an environmental educator. Children got to dress up as superheroes such as Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, Repurpose and Rot Heroes. Picking a superhero pose and then saying their special line - 

"I'm Reduce! I stop things that are harmful to the environment. I find other ways of doing things." Elsie said.

"I'm Regenerate! I work with the earth to help things grow again!" Wren said

Photos by Huon Douglas

Children were able to guess how long certain types of rubbish take to break down in the Ocean in the ‘How long till it's gone’ display. Fishing line takes 600 years to break down, a plastic bag takes 20 years to break down, while an apple core takes 7 weeks.

Photo by Huon Douglas

The day included a sing-along with Landcare Tasmania’s Education Officer Bennie Mildren who wrote the educational tune “It’s all a load of rubbish” highlighting the impacts of pollution on marine life.

Image: Singing for environmental awareness. Photo by Barbara Marshall. 

Photo by Huon Douglas

Following the storytelling and educational activities, participants joined Kingston Beach Coastcare Group collecting rubbish in the surrounding area.

In just 45 minutes, 9 kids and 11 adults collected 20kg of rubbish from the area. 

“Considering much of the rubbish found was lightweight plastic – this was a lot of waste” said Education Coordinator Bianca Burford.

Photo by Huon Douglas

Landcare Tasmania thanks Sue Stack for the puppet show, Huon Douglas for photographing the fun, Kingborough Council for the loan of childrens Gardening gloves and Kingston Beach Coastcare members for participating on the day.

This event is part of our Education Program and is funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet under the Premier's Fund for Children and Young People.  

This workshop forms part of Landcare Tasmania’s ‘Know Your Local Patch’ program, which has included five events statewide this January/February that connect kids and families with their local patch through fun and creative workshops.

Know Your Local Patch is an ongoing program that will return for the Easter school holidays. If you’d like to be notified of future events, sign up here:


Images by Huon Douglas