Green warriors lead way
Read about how students from local schools are learning to protect the environment.
This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 49 - August 2015.
A new generation of green warriors is leading the way in protecting the natural environment by learning how to manage water, encourage wildlife to thrive and plants to grow.
The students from local schools are also working on practical projects including water testing, composting and irrigation.
The innovative education program is being driven by a partnership between the City of Marion and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board which seeks to improve understanding about sustainability in line with the national school curriculum.
NRM education officer Sam Ryan, who is based at the City of Marion as part of the program, said schools and pre-schools were involved in a range of projects.
“More than 200 children aged 4 to 16 have been involved in some exciting projects, notably at Oaklands wetland this summer where macroinvertebrate testing revealed the water was good quality, even better than expected for the time of year,” Mr Ryan said.
“We have toolkits that help kids engage with nature in a tangible way, including cameras that can peer into nesting boxes to check for possums and parrots and identification charts for birds and plants.”
“The program is building the capacity of children to be the environmental champions of the future by helping them understand the issues of managing water, biodiversity, energy and waste.”
Teachers can stay up to date with events, professional development opportunities, grants, new resources and case studies by subscribing to NRM Education’s free electronic newsletter, Weekly Digest.
The NRM Education program is funded by the NRM levy, which is paid by all ratepayers in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region, and collected by councils.
To get involved, schools can contact NRM education officer Sam Ryan at the City of Marion on 0466 388 567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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