Don Butcher has spoken to the hundreds of the University of Melbourne Early Learning Centre families, children, teachers and researchers over the past three years. His approach to environmental studies has encouraged all to be involved to become strong advocates for our critically endangered LBP and its old growth habitat of Mountain Ash trees in Toolangi forest. Through inspirations and sharing of information with Don, the children and teachers at the UoM Early Learning Centre have developed a deep connection and empathy for their environment and in doing so demonstrated their capacity as active citizens in support of environmental stewardship. Don has a magnitude and depth that we have been trying to harness and use to guide and transform our children's learning. As a teacher / researcher I have been deeply impressed and moved by his capability to communicate with and transfer his knowledge to our youngest citizens and inspire them to become visionary thinkers and activists. Don has a wonderful ability to articulate relevant and up to date environmental research understandings about Australian biodiversity, in a way that makes all of us to care
Suzana Klarin (Teacher at Melbourne University’s Early Learning Centre)
Walking in nature is always pleasurable, restorative and healing, but walking in nature with a person who is passionate and knowledgeable as well as full of fascinating stories, changes the whole experience to one of greater meaning, learning and is more memorable. This has been the experience for me on my walks with Don and I look forward to the next one.
Avis Gardner (Teacher at Melbourne University’s Early Learning Centre)
I would highly recommend a Forest guided tour with Don Butcher. My family went to Toolangi forest a few weeks ago with Don. He gently talked us through the forest visit with lots of insight and stories. Stories for all ages too. We learnt a lot about our role in helping protect the forest with our consumer wood and paper choices.
My children had the best day getting into a giant hollow tree, drinking water straight from the cold running stream, swinging on a vine and holding Don's native animal toys for photo shoots with the amazing trees. We also saw the tallest moss in the world. The whole day was really relaxing too. Thank you Don.
Sure thing! 'Don is super knowledgeable and passionate about nature - he gave us an amazing tour of the forest and a fascinating insight into the wildlife there.
Renee Berkhout (choir teacher)