Learning about the environment indoors does not dampen students enthusiasm

Students at five schools in the upper Darling River region of Western NSW have experienced an innovative way of learning about aquatic ecosystems through interactive activities from the comfort of their classrooms.

After the planned aquatics roadshow which would have involved students meeting on the banks of the Darling River to undertake activities was postponed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Western Local Land Services engaged EnvrioEdu to develop two short films that included information on waterbugs, food webs and food chains.

The films featured great footage of local threatened species moving around in their natural habitat. The students then completed age appropriate learning resources on the information covered in the films.

Senior Land Services Officer, Kaye Gottschutzke is pleased the schools enjoyed the format, where the students could watch the film and then complete the learning resources together in the classroom.

“We were looking forward to the opportunity to get out into the environment with the students in such an interactive manner, so were very disappointed that we were unable to deliver the roadshow as originally planned,” Ms Gottschutzke said.

“However, rather than have the schools miss the opportunity completely, we chose to change direction and are really happy with the program we have delivered.  

“The students are getting some wonderful and engaging resources and the teachers are sending us some of their work as well as photos of them completing the resources.

“The amazing work we have received shows how engaged the students were with the resources, so it is really pleasing they’ve not only learnt a lot through the program but enjoyed it so much at the same time.”

These amazing resources can be delivered in the same format to any school in the Western Local Land Services region.

For further information contact Ms Gottschutzke on 0429 981 331 or email. The aquatic ecosystems schools education program is supported by Western Local Land Services, through Catchment Action NSW funding.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.

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