Kids do part for na­ture

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A team of con­ser­va­tion­ists are tour­ing Pil­bara schools this month to give lo­cal chil­dren a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment through hands-on learn­ing.

Mem­bers of na­tional not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers Aus­tralia ar­rived in Kar­ratha last week ready to spend a fort­night in Pil­bara schools run­ning their ex­pe­ri­en­tial ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram Earth As­sist, funded by Rio Tinto.

Stu­dents at Bayn­ton West, Wick­ham, Tam­brey and North Tom Price pri­mary schools, Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and Yande­yarra Re­mote Com­mu­nity School will get their hands dirty dig­ging, plant­ing and more for the pro­gram, which has not been to the Pil­bara for sev­eral years.

Earth As­sist pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Melissa Tan said its for­mat was unique be­cause it al­lowed for a wide range of con­ser­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties to be tailored to all year lev­els and school pref­er­ences.

“It’s all about get­ting the stu­dents in­volved in the en­vi­ron­ment and learn­ing how they can con­serve (it),” she said.

“They’re the next gen­er­a­tion and it’s im­por­tant for them to learn how they can make a change.”

In Pil­bara schools, Earth As­sist top­ics will in­clude gar­den­ing, re­cy­cling, car­ing for na­tive flora and fauna, and in­dige­nous cul­tural aware­ness in the en­vi­ron­ment. Some schools have also opted for ex­cur­sions to gorges or of­fi­cial sur­veys as part of their ses­sions.

Ms Tan said she had been im­pressed at how wellinformed about their nat­u­ral sur­round­ings Pil­bara stu­dents had shown them­selves to be so far, but noted there was al­ways a lit­tle more to learn.

Earth As­sist fin­ishes its Pil­bara tour in Tom Price on Fri­day.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Earth As­sist pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Melissa Tan plants car­rots and beans with Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School Year 3 stu­dents Ayaan Us­man, Noah Ken­wor­thy, MacKen­zie Rolfe and Kennedy Arnold, all 8.

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