Green thumbs, gardening gurus, eco-warriors and environmental enthusiasts will descend on Wollongong Botanic Garden over the next three months as part of the annual Rise and Shine sustainability campaign.
The Wollongong City Council initiative kicked off yesterday with a one-day environmental expo - Enviro 13 - for students.
The primary-aged students participated in a series of activities at the botanic garden, including learning how electricity is generated, the effects of litter and how to make worm farms in a wheelie bin.
The campaign continues through spring with clean-ups, environmental workshops and sustainability competitions.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said it was essential the community worked together to look after the Illawarra's natural assets.
"There is absolutely no question - we need to protect our environment," he said.
The Rise and Shine campaign marks its 28th year in 2013.
Visit wollongong.nsw.gov.au for more information.