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Wangaratta 2015

Around 210 grade 5 students from the Wangaratta area attended the North East School Environment Day at the PARK LANE NURSERY in Wangaratta, on Tuesday 20th October.  Once again, this event was booked out by March, with a number of schools already waiting for next year’s event.

 The student environment day represents the culmination of so many organizations working together to provide opportunities for schools and students to access experts in many fields of sustainability education.  Organized through the partnership between NEWRRG and NECMA, and with the support of the Rural City of Wangaratta, there were so many contributions, such as Park Lane Nursery providing and preparing the venue, the Landcare marquee providing a shaded meeting place for the students and the Landmate program from Beechworth who assist in assembling and disassembling the marquee.  Along with the workshops delivered on the day presented by Landcare, North East Water, State Emergency Service, the Rural City of Wangaratta, Galen College VCAL Students, Habitat Protection and Enhancement, the Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre, North East Waste & Resource Recovery Group and North East Catchment Management Authority -   All combine to provide a great educational experience for our local students. 

On the day students learnt about:

  • How water bugs can tell us about the health of our rivers and designing super bugs
  • Nesting Boxes
  • Solar Energy
  • Cultural Landscapes
  • The new Organics collection service
  • Filtering Water
  • Energy and Circuits
  • Owls and Gliders
  • How to be Waste Wise
  • Preparing for Natural Disasters
  • Biodiversity and Identifying Habitats

The organisation of the day included practicing what is preached.  Everyone is expected to be sun-smart, rubbish free and water wise, by bringing their own Rubbish-Free Lunch, refilling their water bottles, slipping on a hat and slapping on sunscreen. 

NECMA - Water Bugs

RCoW - Organics Collection Habitat Protection & Enhancement

Cultural Landscapes Biodiversity & Habitat - Bingo SES - Natural Disasters

NEW - Water Filtering Wirraminna - Design a Bug RCoW - Sustainable Energy

Renewable Energy & Circuits Galen College - Nesting Boxes NEWRRG - Waste Wise

The SEED website provides many curriculum materials and links to further information to support the learning of both teachers and students in environmental education, enabling the learning from this day to continue back in the classrooms later.