Today I want to share an amazing experience my family had a few weeks back. Eighteen months ago I placed my family's name on a Government Department list that look after the Parks and Wildlife of my state for a Turtle Release Program. Just before leaving work for the day on a Friday I received THE CALL to say it was our turn with other families to attend the release and that we should be at the designated beach in 3 hours! I quickly organised my family to leave work on time and cancel all other plans. Our small group was ready and geared up for an exciting afternoon at the beach within the tight timeframe.
Oh what fun and excitement! The Ranger gave an educational talk about Turtles and Sea Turtle Conservation which we found interesting. She answered many questions and then released newly hatched turtles on the beach. Each family group was allocated a turtle to follow on it's voyage from sand to sea. We followed our sweet little turtle protecting it from birds as it made the long journey over hot sand, puddles and into the sea waves. It was a wonderful experience where my family was able to learn on the ground with a heart full of joy - and it was absolutely FREE!
And this is where I want to talk about Eco-Frugality. Place your name on FREE lists for experiences! You may just stumble upon that once in a lifetime opportunity that becomes a special moment in your life. If it's a boring disappointment - politely walk out, but you wont know if you don't try. As I have said many times, people ask me all the time how I know about these FREE activities available in the community. The simple answer is; I read noticeboards, community papers/newsletters, I chat to people and ask questions. It seems the more I do, the more I find out about other great opportunities. In fact there are so many wonderful events in my small city, that at times I become overwhelmed on what to choose.
Does your city run programs that are just too good to pass up?
Looking forward to your comments,
Stephanie @ Frugal Down Under.