Local preschools and primary school children are being encouraged to take part in a free program designed to teach them about environmental sustainability.
Kempsey Shire Council has signed up to the Get Grubby Program, Australia's leading online eco-education program which teaches children about the importance of recycling, composting and gardening.
Get Grubby is also a popular ABCKids show starring beloved eco-warriors dirtgirl, scrapboy and Costa the Garden Gnome.
Council's subscription will make the program available for free to all child-care, day care (including registered family day care) centres, kindergartens and primary schools.
By signing up, schools can access 50 specially created videos and a host of early learning activities.
Council's Waste Resources Officer, Louise Hoade, said the program will inspire children to go outside to explore and celebrate nature.
"There are 10 units in the program and most of them coincide with world and national events such as World Environment Day and National Recycling Week," she said.
"There's lots of activities to choose from on each topic including games, crafts, quizzes, music and drama."
Get Grubby also enables centres to meet the sustainability outcomes for the National Quality Standard and Curriculum Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.
Schools in the Kempsey Shire interested in finding out more about the program should send an email to the Macleay Sustainable Schools Network at: firstname.lastname@example.org