'Our Patch' students learn about native flora and fauna
Year 3 ‘Our Patch’ Environmental Education students are currently getting out and about working scientifically in their local environment to experience and learn about native flora and fauna.
Students initially learnt about the ecosystems that exist in waterways and the role that macro invertebrates play in the food chain. All classes have gone out to their local wetland and assessed foreshore vegetation, sampled for macro invertebrates and been able to make some hypotheses about water quality. Students have been delighted to spot macro invertebrates that are sensitive to pollution like Caddis Fly larvae and a good diversity of water bugs. Children have enjoyed the opportunity, through rain, hail and even sunshine to explore and investigate the variety of creatures that live in our catchments. Many catching gilgies and marron for the first time.
Nearer to Nature rangers from Parks and Wildlife have also visited each class, showing children taxidermies of native animals like bandicoots and phascogales. Students were also able to go for a walk to spot Western Ringtail possum dreys and scat, discovering that threatened species are living in our township and how we can help protect them.
Zac Webb a traditional custodian and ranger is sharing his cultural and environmental knowledge with students through hands on workshops with reeds and sedges. Explaining how Wadandi people have for tens of thousands of year lived sustainably on country. The oral telling of long held stories of place has had students captivated and communicated important values.
Our Patch is generously supported by the Rotary Club of Margaret River, Cowaramup Lions Club, Augusta Margaret River Shire, Cullen Wines, the Commonwealth Bank Centenary Grants and participating schools.
Project Officer: Tracey Muir