Students put their stamp on the environment
Students from Curramulka Primary School and Minlaton District School have recently been involved in an NRM Education partnership with Australia Post.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke staff together with Debra Sullivan from Australia Post presented to the 180 students over two events at each school for Stamp Collecting Month.
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Acting Community Team Leader Fabienne Dee said that as part of the program, students designed stamps featuring threatened and endangered species from the Yorke Peninsula bioregion.
“This year’s Stamp Collecting Month theme was endangered wildlife, so the presentations were designed to raise awareness of human impact on threatened and endangered species within the Yorke Peninsula region,” Ms Dee said.
Ms Dee said that a number of threatened and endangered species are found in the Yorke Bioregion, including the hooded plover, giant cuttlefish, white bellied sea eagle, heath goanna, bush stone-curlew, malleefowl, tammar wallaby and echidna.
“Students had an opportunity to share their knowledge of our local threatened and endangered species, demonstrating that they had made good use of the Bioregion fact sheets provided by NRM Education and had a clear understanding of the threats the animals face.”
The children spoke highly of the program, with feedback including "It was challenging but fun,” and “I learnt about local endangered animals.”
“The stamp series designed by the students were of exceptional quality and depicted the threatened and endangered species in a bright and colourful way,” Ms Dee said.
The project was supported by the National Landcare Program and Australia Post and provided an opportunity for students within the schools who are not involved in the Young Environmental Leaders Program to learn about threatened and endangered species.
For schools interested in learning more about Environmental Education or resources to support nature based education click here or contact the Natural Resources Centre in Clare on 8841 3444.