Nur­tur­ing our ex­plor­ers

Eco-hunt es­tab­lished at Ma­roochy Wet­lands Sanc­tu­ary:

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

IT’S school hol­i­days and nine times out of 10, young­sters are spend­ing their break catch­ing up on the screen time they’ve missed through­out the school term.

So when their love of tech­nol­ogy can be com­bined with the great out­doors and an added ed­u­ca­tional el­e­ment it has the po­ten­tial to be­gin build­ing the great minds of the fu­ture even when they’re meant to be tak­ing a break.

Ma­roochy Wet­lands Sanc­tu­ary has launched an eco-hunt, en­cour­ag­ing young and old to down­load the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion al­low­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence to be far more in­ter­ac­tive.

Eu­ge­nia Mor­ris, and nine-year-old daugh­ter Mad­di­son, were among the first to ex­pe­ri­ence the eco-hunt.

“It’s the per­fect way to in­cor­po­rate the tech­nol­ogy in a more ed­u­ca­tional and in­ter­ac­tive way,” she said.

“With all the devel­op­ment that’s oc­cur­ring it’s a re­ally great way of teach­ing chil­dren what ex­ists on our own doorstep.

“It gives you the op­por­tu­nity to de­scribe what the an­i­mals do­ing at that very mo­ment which also gets fed back to sci­en­tific data­bases so kids get the chance to in­form the de­ci­sion mak­ers.”

Ms Mor­ris said she loved how the app gave young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to re­ally ex­plore and un­der­stand wildlife.

“It gives you the op­por­tu­nity to learn how each and ev­ery an­i­mal plays a part in sus­tain­abil­ity,” she said.

The ul­ti­mate bonus is that a num­ber of prizes are also up for grabs for the best ‘eco-hunter’ who snaps the best find in the sanc­tu­ary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit questagame.com/ ma­roochy-wet­lands­sanc­tury-eco­hunt.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

EX­PLOR­ERS: Eu­ge­nia and Mad­di­son Mor­ris with Nina, El­iza, Natalie and Olive Dal­ton use their apps to in­ter­act with the en­vi­ron­ment.

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

EX­PLOR­ERS: Eu­ge­nia and Mad­di­son Mor­ris with Nina, El­iza, Natalie and Olive Dal­ton at the Ma­roochy Wet­lands.

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