Matty Campbell-Ellis is passionate...about everything that matters...with his family Niko, Jasmine and Huon and equally passionate volunteers and supporters, they are creating a special space for learning at Devil’s Reach, a 75 acre rainforest property alongside the Arthur River within the Tarkine wilderness.
The mission of the Tarkine Learning Centre is:
to provide nature-based learning experiences that are wild, inspiring and caring.
The Tarkine Learning Centre is available for use by pre-schools, school groups, polytechnic students and universities as well as others interested about in-the-wild learning retreats.
Matty and his family represent the new generation of conservationists and educators, carrying on the legacy of legendary local conservationist Geoff King, who sadly passed away last year, and reaching back to those like Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) and her ground-breaking book Silent Spring (1962) .
Carson, an American marine biologist and conservationist previously wrote The sea around us (1951) and The edge of the sea (1955) before turning her attention to express concern about the impact of 'human progress', especially the use of pesticides, or what she termed 'biocides' that have a powerful and often long-term negative impact on the natural world.
As 'human progress' continues to threaten wild places, such as the Tarkine, the ongoing work in the interest of the 'greater good' of the TLC and others becomes ever more precious and urgent.
Below is a picture of a healthy young Tasmanian Devil, unique to Tasmania. This is a highly threatened species due to a devil facial tumour disease, that has affected more than 90% of the devil population in some areas. See http://www.tassiedevil.com.au/ to read about, and support the work of those committed to saving the Tasmanian Devil. This young devil is in one of several wildlife sanctuaries committed to breeding programs to save the devil. The Tarkine is a refuge and home for healthy devils. Learn more from http://tarkinelearningcentre.com/
As a gentle provocateur of positive change,