Students march through landscape education

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Looming rain did not dampen the spirits of 153 students who took part in the annual March in May event at Canunda National Park on 18 May.

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board partnered with the Friends of Canunda and Beachport Parks’ volunteers, along with Department for Environment, to host the annual March in May event.

Students explored an 8.5km loop of Canunda National Park, undertaking educational stations along the way.

This year’s stations included Weed Identification, Shorebirds, Indigenous Culture and History of Coola Station.

Limestone Coast Landscape Board Landscape Education Coordinator Damien Bickley said the event is an opportunity for children to leave the classroom and explore Canunda National Park’s unique plants and animals.

“The students enjoyed interacting with the volunteers and staff at each station who are passionate about passing on their knowledge,” Mr Bickley said.

The Shorebird information station hosted by Friends of Shorebirds South East volunteers is always a popular station as children learn about our fascinating resident and migratory shorebirds.

“It was a valuable learning experience for students with hands-on learning in our local landscape, students loved the opportunity to bushwalk and connect with nature,” Melaleuca Park Primary School teacher Ms Peacock said.

Learning how to use the birdwatching telescopes on the shores of Lake Bonney was a highlight for the students.

Melaleuca Park Primary School student Zoe said March in May was a very memorable experience.

“I loved listening to the talks and learning about the surrounding areas,” Zoe said.

The Limestone Coast Landscape Board also recognises the years of commitment volunteers have made to the March in May event over the last 22 years with this year’s event held within National Volunteer week.

For more information on Education events contact our Education team on 8735 1204.

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