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Youth And Community in Conservation Action 


YACCA is an environmental youth group that teaches young people about the protection of the

environment. It connects youth with community groups and encourages the development of projects

that protect and maintain environmental welfare.

The group started in the Willunga Environment Centre largely due to a need for young people to have an environmental education and input within their community. YACCA aimto create an outlet where young people can connect to environmental projects in a meaningful way, and that allows them to learn about environmental issues, make a positive contribution and feel a sense of worth and importance. By empowering our youth with these skills, we are not only instilling positive environmental habits, but also ensuring that young people grow up with a sense of connection to their natural environment.

YACCA’s activities so far have included:

Animal trapping and handling

Flora and fauna surveys 

Plant identification workshops 

Water testing 

Camps at Arid Recovery Roxby Downs and Cape Otway, Victoria


Coastal surveys

Training in caring for sick and  injured wildlife

Developing Nature Play locations

Creating management plans

Seed collection


Removal of invasive plants from sites

Fish trapping for mountain galaxious 

Hosting a mock Climate Conference

YACCA continually encourages working with the community to teach youth about environmental sustainability. It not only allows members to reach educational outcomes but also influences the community to include and value the opinion of young people and their capabilities within the environmental field.

To Date, YACCA has worked closely with community groups including:

  • The Willunga Environment Centre
  • Trees For Life
  • Natural Resource Centres
  • Land Care
  • Local Council
  • Landscapes SA
  • Reefwatch
  • Fleurieu Birds
  • The Native Animal Network and Fauna Rescue
  • Arid Recovery
  • Ottway Conservation Park
  • Tatachilla Eco Classroom
  • The Conservation Centre for Ecology


In its seven year history YACCA has been nominated an won a number of awards and recognitions. Highlights include being highly commended for the 2015 Junior Landcare Team; winning the City of Onkaparinga Environment Award (2018), Winning the 2019 South Australian Landcare Young Leader Award and nominated for the 2021 Landcare Australian Young Leader Award. 

YACCA members have also been awarded Young Achiever Awards for Environment, Conservation Council young leader awards, and numerous community recognitions. 

For further information on YACCA contact Ida at


Project of WEC YACCA



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