Environmental education records broken

LEARN: Natural Resources SAMDB Education team members Bec Stevens, Cindy Kakoschke, Angela Breeding and Danielle Dutschke are smashing records.
LEARN: Natural Resources SAMDB Education team members Bec Stevens, Cindy Kakoschke, Angela Breeding and Danielle Dutschke are smashing records.

The Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin (SAMDB) Education team has been smashing records this school term by engaging more than 1200 students in classroom sessions.

Natural Resources SAMDB team leader Chris Steer said the team of four have tackled topics on frogs, macroinvertebrates, salinity, native plants, wetlands, soils, bats, birds and other environmental topics relevant to the region.

“While they are called ‘classroom sessions’, the sessions take place both at school and at local natural places such as wetlands and conservation parks,” Mr Steer said.

“The NRM education sessions ensure our younger generation are involved with and connected to their local environment with the aim of inspiring them to look after it into the future.”

The team ran more than 50 sessions with 1209 primary and high school students in the 10-week term two, compared to just over 1000 students throughout the whole of 2017.

They believe better connections with teachers and more interest in the NRM Education program has resulted in the huge increase in numbers at the sessions, which fit into the curriculum through biological sciences and STEM.

For more information, contact Chris Steer on 8391 7500.

The NRM Education program is funded by the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board and the NRM levies, enabling landholders and community to play an active role in our region’s future.