Kids do part for nature
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.
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.