Wet­lands give chil­dren an ed­u­ca­tion out­doors

Melville Times - - News -

BOOR­A­GOON Oc­ca­sional Early Ed­u­ca­tion has opened its wet­lands after four years of con­struc­tion.

The wet­lands is a nat­u­ral play en­vi­ron­ment that gives chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore their nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

It in­cludes a frog pond, veg­e­ta­tion, var­i­ous tex­tures for chil­dren to walk on and a chat­ting cir­cle.

Di­rec­tor Rochelle Keogh said the idea of the wet­lands area was to ex­tend their out­door en­vi­ron­ment, giv­ing chil­dren more ex­pe­ri­ences with na­ture.

“The wet­lands project has been a four-year project with con­cep­tion com­ing from ed­u­ca­tors who wanted to ex­tend on the al­ready ex­ist­ing nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. “The chil­dren were in­volved in the ini­tial plans and idea stage.

“The area has been built with do­na­tions and sup­port from lo­cal com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and cen­tre fam­i­lies. Bun­nings Melville and the Com­mon­wealth Bank have been great sup­port­ers.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity ed­u­ca­tor Danielle Carter has been given ded­i­cated time fort­nightly to work on the project.”

The wet­lands will of­fi­cially open on Oc­to­ber 29 at 4pm.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d487552

Sus­tain­abil­ity of­fi­cer Danielle Carter with Em­mie Pap­pin, Co­nan Pearse and Luisa Pla­tel.

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