Landcare Eco Day Experience for Stage 3 Students

Parkes and Forbes Shire students learning to make a difference in their environment

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Landcare Eco Day Experience for Stage 3 Students

Parkes and Forbes Shire students learning to make a difference in their environment

The issue

Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6) student representatives from Parkes and Forbes Shire schools who have an interest in our environment are often limited by distance to have exposure to a wide variety of mini workshops in their school environment.

Eco Day offers students an opportunity to get up close and personal with a range of exhibits and activities all in the one centre. They also have an opportunity to meet children who live within the same rural area, but from different schools.

The solution

Central West Lachlan Landcare (CWLL) applied for funding through the Central West Local Land Services Incentives program and were successful in receiving funds to provide speakers for the day. We were also fortunate to have fantastic support from Bernardi's IGA in Forbes who supplied our lunch on the day.

Eco Day is a chance to bring together exhibitors and workshops ranging from worm farms with Netwaste, propogation with Bunnings, Travelbug insects, FishCare and Wiradjuri culture, weeds with council staff, Invasive Species CRC, saleyards tour with Langlands Hanlon Landmark and snake awareness. We are particularly fortunate to have the staff support from Forbes and Parkes Shire Councils on the day and use of the Central West Livestock Exchange facility to run our day.

The impact

Kids leave from Eco Day experiencing a broad range of activities and knowing that they can make a difference in their home, street, community and region just by thinking about things such as wastage, produce transport and sales, propagation, the impact of invasive species and how quickly they can have an impact on the environment and farms, the role of insects, snakes and other animals in our environment and the interesting way that the Wiradjuri people have sourced food and cared for the land.

CWLL have run Eco Day for the past two years at the Central West Livestock Exchange and would like to have the opportunity to offer the experience to a wider number of children in our area.

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Key facts

  • Environmental education can be fun and there is always heaps to learn.
  • Kids are our future, we need to provide them with tools to care for our environment.

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