Children were given the opportunity to tune into their senses at Parks Victoria’s Junior Ranger Feathered Friends workshop.
The workshop started with park ranger Mike teaching the children about the power of the human senses and their ability to help spot birds and other wildlife out in the bush.
“In everyday life a lot more people are becoming desensitised to some of their senses, being indoors all the time sitting in front of the television or computer,” park ranger Mike said.
“You can lose contact with smell, touch, sight and it’s great for kids to get outside because it can help develop their motor skills and experience something that’s different.”
After an acknowledgement of country the children were given a quick safety briefing by the rangers, the bush walk then began with the children eager to use their newfound knowledge of how to spot wildlife.
During the walk the children saw an array of wildlife including kangaroos, ravens, magpies and a rosella.
“We looked at how to identify birds, we tuned into our senses at the start to work out how to find birds and talked about their habitat, their needs and how different birds interact with each other,” park ranger Mike said.
Sarah Hines brought her son Luca along to the Feathered Friends workshop and she believes it was a great opportunity to teach children about the importance of the environment and nature.
“In this age of technology kids are spending too much time indoors, this gets them out and interested in nature and the environment,” Mrs Hines said.
“We live in the bush ourselves and it’s something he has been exposed to from a young age and I think it’s really good for his growth and development.”
Parks Victoria education and interpretation coordinator James Adams said the Junior Ranger program helps teach children about the natural world around them.
“It’s wonderful to see kids getting out of the lounge room to explore and enjoy Victoria’s beautiful parks,” he said.
Parks Victoria will be holding a range of free activities and workshops for children throughout the school holidays.