It’s never too early to learn about our impact on land, water and other natural resources – and what we can do to maintain, preserve and protect the natural environment. That’s why Yarra Glen Preschool Association Inc. sought to set up regular nature kinder sessions for both their 3/4-year-old and 4/5-year-old groups to explore the topic of biodiversity within their preschool and local community.
Science students at Seymour College were becoming increasingly aware of the challenges pollinators face in their area as a result of habitat loss. So, using their 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grant, the school went about setting up their ‘Science Saving our Pollinators’ project – a revegetation initiative focused on attracting pollinators to school grounds.
The project also saw the development of an entomology club that will allow students to research the changes in pollinator numbers and species over time, as the plants in their revegetation site mature.
The Bundoora Scout Group’s ‘Joey Scouts’ Biodiversity Garden’ project was inspired by a local parcel of land – and the opportunity to replicate the indigenous flora found in Bundoora’s Gresswell Forest Nature Reserve, and through the transformation acquire a greater understanding of living together with nature.
The parcel of land was roughly 10 by 30 metres and home to just three huge gums and a few weeds. The Joey Scouts, aged between five and eight years old, got to work adding soil, mulch and planting about 100 indigenous plants, with plans to erect an outside flagpole and nature trail around the newly installed plants to further enhance the area and provide a sustainable play-space.
Located on the land of the Boonwurrung people, Mount Eliza Secondary College put their 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grant towards creating real and lasting connections with local First Nations people. They did so through the collaborative building of a native kitchen garden and indigenous garden resting place. Their project also sought to increase the biodiversity of local species in the college gardens by producing pollen and seeds to help keep the increasingly threatened local species gene pool alive.
Albion Primary School’s ‘Bird watching, Nest Box Monitoring and Biodiversity Mural’ project set about growing awareness among students and parents alike about the importance of biodiversity and sustainability.
Building on the school community’s involvement in bird watching and monitoring over the past three years, Albion Primary School put their 2022 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grant towards purchasing each class a set of binoculars to allow even more students to monitor birds in the school’s grounds. All 200 students now have access to binoculars, which they are able to use during their weekly Sustainability classes.