Take the ferry 45 minutes out to sea from Cairns, Australia, and you’ll find yourself on the tiny island of Fitzroy, a lush rainforest oasis surrounded by white coral beaches and brilliant blue waters that are part of the Great Barrier Reef. It was on this unspoiled tropical island that Tea and the King family join forces with National Geographic Explorer Jess Cramp. Jess flew in from her home base in the Cook Islands to explore the rainforest, snorkel the reef, and show us how to be scientists.
Exploring is always more fun when you bring friends along. For our adventures on Australia’s Fitzroy Island near the Great Barrier Reef, we invited the King family to join us. Stu and Elizabeth have been married for 10 years. He works in tech, she’s a doctor, and although they call Queensland home, they’ve lived all over the world. Stu is originally from South Africa, while Elizabeth is from Australia, which is where the couple first met.
We want to give kids the world, to help them discover that no matter where we live or what language we speak, there is so much we all have in common. As we travel, both around the world and in our own town, we keep our eyes—and our hearts—wide open. This season, we traveled to Australia, a wild and wonderful country filled with incredible people and natural beauty. We explored the land, from the cities to the vast outback. We observed animals in their natural habitat, walked through some of the oldest rainforests on the Earth and had a chance to view the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. We also had a chance to meet Jess Cramp, National Geographic Explorer and conservationist. She helped us learn the importance of guiding children to care about the Earth and their environment.
“Curiosity and connection are a big part of conservation. Pick a shark in an ocean and see if you can figure out how that shark is connected to you.” -Jess Cramp Marine Conservationist, National Geographic Explorer and Shark Guardian.
Here at Tea, we strive to inspire curiosity in all little citizens around the world. We want to help kids be open-minded, adventurous and kind. That’s why, we’re always connecting with people we meet, in person and online. This spring, we had a chance to connect with the Paddock family. Here, Elizabeth Paddock answers some of our questions on her family’s adventures in unschooling.
I first found the Kelsays earlier this year while scrolling through our #teacollection photos on Instagram. The photos of their little citizens wearing Tea dresses while skating on a half-pipe instantly caught my eye. Our Australia spring collection was just about to launch and I knew the adventurous spirit of our collection would resonate with this family. I had to connect with them!
“Alright, everybody choose a leg!”
Down on Bondi Beach, the rain has cleared up, the waves are rolling in, and a tousled blonde Aussie named Jake stands in front of a row of eager young grommets (a grommet is a kid who surfs).
“Ok, everybody hop on your board and let’s practice,” Jake says as his co-coach Lucy moves in to help.
Before they ever hit the water, surf camp students straddle their boards on the sand and learn the basics of paddling, pushing up, standing up, and—most importantly—falling off. (The technical term is “dismount.”)