Connecting With Nature
Viewbank Early Learning Centre Students with their bee hive

Age Groups: 0-7

Grant Name:

School: Viewbank Early Childhood Centre

Grant Sponsor: Woolworths

Forty native plants were planted by 20 students at Viewbank Early Childhood Centre as part of a project which taught the children about the local Wurundjeri way of living.

Thanks to a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant, the children learnt about the local river and what was considered food by local Indigenous people. They also discussed what plants need to help them grow, and introduced a worm farm to the centre.

The children really enjoyed getting their hands dirty, digging holes, placing the plants in them and using the watering cans. They also loved learning about bees and even got to experience a bee incursion.

Some of the plants in the garden are encouraging butterflies and bees to visit, and native plants that will help suppress weeds were also selected. Manure from the chickens will be used to support the garden, and the children will play a role in helping maintain a healthy ecosystem.