Central Victorian students apply learning in the field

HUNTLY Primary students put their environmental sustainability skills into practise during a field trip to Bendigo Creek last week.

The children took part in  activities including sketching, plant identification, bird watching, water quality testing, bug catching, tree planting and propagating.

The highlight for grade 3 student and school Green Team member Joel Purdy was watching the creepy crawlies.

His mother Helen Purdy said learning about their environment and how to conserve it was a powerful tool for young people.

“Joel just loves it – I think it’s great,” she said.

The school runs weekly environmental sustainability classes in a partnership with Northern Bendigo Landcare Group.

Group secretary Nicole Howie said the field trip to Bendigo Creek was an opportunity for students to apply their learning.

“It’s a very powerful thing for them to use this knowledge and take ownership of their environment,” she said. “Coming from their peers, the message can only grow stronger.

“We hope they leave with the desire to work together to improve it in years to come.”

Adults  also built on their green know-how last week when the Environment Defenders Office and the Victorian National Parks Association ran a seminar in Bendigo to teach the community how to protect environmental laws. 

– Chloe Ross

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