Inspiration for your school or reserve
Nature and schools: The school environment is an excellent place for young people to learn about and participate in nature conservation. Many schools have bushland areas on or near their grounds, and schools can make a major contribution to protecting the biodiversity of the region.
The ‘Our Patch’ Environment Education Program aims to increase ecological knowledge and get students out into their environment to learn about flora, fauna, ecosystems and the impacts our lifestyles can have. Students can also become citizen scientists, collecting information and monitoring wildlife.
‘Adopt a Spot’ also connects local schools to an area of bushland, river foreshore or coastline in the region – connecting young people with nature and engaging schools in long term environmental restoration projects.
Nature in public places: The Margaret River region is fortunate to have many national parks and reserves, providing a haven for nature. They provide an important place for our community to view and learn about nature, but recreational use can put pressure on natural areas and threaten biodiversity if not carefully managed.
There is opportunity for us to value public places for their natural and cultural values and to respect and care for them. Friends of reserve volunteer groups are the eyes on the ground, while individuals too have a part to play through awareness, respect and enthusiasm for local public places. Find volunteer groups to join in your area.