Eco-conscious travellers now have an opportunity to be green in Tasmania thanks to an initiative from the state's parks and wildlife services.
The Green Guardians program provides an opportunity to participate in a conservation project as part of a special guided tour in Tasmania's national parks and nature reserves.
The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service rangers have specially chosen the projects to allow visitors to make a tangible difference to conservation work.
One project on the beautiful Maria Island national park involves helping out with a fauna survey for Birds Australia, the national organisation that works for the protection of birds and their habitats.
Projects are also available within the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair national park and the Bay of Fires conservation area.
The project work itself will only be a small part of the tour, perhaps a few hours out of a four-day trip.
This is a joint venture run along with Tourism Tasmania and a number of tourism operators. Participating companies include Cradle Mountain Huts, Tarkine Trails and Corinna, which offers wilderness experiences.
The 'voluntourism' idea is to allow visitors to make nature a priority when planning their holiday and to expose people to unique experiences.
Posted by Kathy H Ellerman