Enviro Week is designed to give children a sense that they can personally contribute to a sustainable future. It caters for primary school aged children and the event is supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, the region’s Bendigo Bank branches and a number of other sponsors.
Around 3,000 local kids and their teachers recently took part in the 2019 event at The Briars in Mount Martha with learning activities focusing on themes of woodlands, wetlands, indigenous, heritage and sustainable living.
There were tours of the wetlands to experience the world of frogs, birds, fish, insects and other species that depend on these important ecosystems. Indigenous educators led students on a woodland walk showcasing bush tucker and plants with medicinal properties.
A large expo paddock featured activities and interactive displays about the environment, waste management, sustainable living, ecology and native wildlife. The composting toilets were a popular (and useful) display, as were information stalls about local flora and fauna. Kids were able to pot herb and vegetable seedlings to take home with them.
The Briars has a colourful history and a rich ecology. In addition to its historic homestead, the 230-hectare property has bushwalking trails, wetlands, bird watching facilities, an eco living display centre, wildlife sanctuary and a nursery of native plants.
Enviro Week event is the extraordinary combined effort of numerous local community groups, sponsors, educators, Indigenous community members, Landcare and environmental groups, wildlife experts and volunteers. This passionate team does an outstanding job of staging the event. The organisers have built a considerable legacy of environmental education for generations of local kids.
Bendigo Bank’s Community Bank® branches in our region are very proud to support it.
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Written by: Daz