Bendigo students set for outdoors adventure

TWENTY-FOUR local students yesterday embarked on a five-day expedition through Kooyoora State Park.

The students – in years 10, 11 and 12 – will undertake the expedition as part of a La Trobe University holiday program aimed at teens passionate about the outdoors.

University outdoor environmental education staff and students will accompany the group, who were given the option of one of two field trips.

“Students chose either a five-day rock climbing and bushwalking journey through Kooyoora State Park or a five-day canoe journey down the Murray River,” lecturer Kathleen Pleasants said.

Ms Pleasants said the experience would help students in their final years of secondary school to better understand tertiary study pathways.

“Hopefully by meeting current La Trobe University students and staff in the outdoor and environmental education (OEE) program, the high school students can get a sense of how the course can open up opportunities in professional contexts,” she said.

“It’s also a great way for high school students who might potentially be interested in one of the OEE courses to get a sense of what’s involved by taking part in activities undertaken by our students as part of their degree.”

The group will return to Bendigo at the weekend. 

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