Bush students celebrate science and its link to the environment

Date posted: 10 April 2013

Almost 200 school children will today be exposed to the wonderful world of science and its link to the environment at a workshop in the southern Yorke Peninsula.

The Yorke Peninsula Group of the Northern and Yorke NRM Board has invited eight SYP primary schools to take part in an array of interactive environmental activities.

The Primary School Environment Day activities have been specially developed for students in years three and four.

Presiding member Caroline Schaefer says the board is delighted to be able to host this exciting educational event.

“A very successful event was held at Alford in 2011 for primary school students from the Copper Coast and Barunga West Council areas, prompting the YP NRM Group to seek funding for a similar event on southern Yorke Peninsula,” she said.

“It’s simply wonderful we’re able to offer children in our region this opportunity and to expose them to fields of science they may not have even known existed, for example the branch of zoology which studies birds, ornithology.

“Students will interact with a range of experts, including those specialising in birds, reptiles, butterflies and marine parks … it’s a lovely thought to think we may be helping inspire a new generation of budding young scientists!”

Mrs Schaefer says it’s hoped the Primary School Environment Day event will be rolled out on an annual basis, to inspire youngsters from across the entire Northern and Yorke region.

“Our hope is to provide all primary school students within the YP Group area the opportunity to attend at least one event while they are at primary school,” she said.

“These children are our future and engaging them with their environment, through events such as this, is a great way to inspire our young people - and to expose them to the many fascinating facets of science.”

Presentations planned for today include:

  • Birds - Wally Klau OAM, Ornithologist
  • Reptiles - Dr Tim Milne, Ecological Consultant
  • Butterflies - Jan Forrest OAM, Honorary Associate SA Museum
  • Fauna Park/ Kangaroos and Emus - Ann Williams and Dean Litster (Landcare Minlaton)
  • Native seeds and plants - Anne Brown, Greening Australia
  • Insects - David Sloper, DEWNR
  • Marine Parks - David Pearce, DEWNR; Marine Biologist, Dr Simon Bryars

Mrs Schaefer has acknowledged the support and commitment of each of the presenters as well as agencies such as the District Council of Yorke Peninsula and Minalton’s Yorke and Lower North Health Community Health Serivce.

Members of the SYP Landcare/Minlaton Fauna Park management committee will also be lending a hand, showing school groups through the fauna park.

She’s also praised the many volunteers involved in the day for their efforts.

“Many people have worked really hard to make today’s event a reality and I thank each and every one of you,” Mrs Schaefer said.

Students from eight schools will travel as much as 45Km one way to take part in today’s event.

  • Curramulka Primary School
  • Edithburgh Primary School
  • Minlaton District School
  • Port Vincent Primary School
  • Stansbury Primary School
  • Warooka Primary School
  • Yorketown Area School
  • St Columba’s Memorial School

For more information, please contact Community Ranger Fabienne Dee on (08) 8853 2795,  0428 429 321 or email Fabienne.Dee@sa.gov.au.

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