TM College kids at our Landcare Centre
A Year 4 Tamborine Mountain College class recently spent the morning learning about Tamborine Mountain Landcare's rainforest restoration work. After a brief talk by Landcare members Karin Schianetz and Judith Roland on ecosystems, biodiversity and water quality monitoring, the fun began.
Students got into some hands-on work. They each planted a tree and helped weed the new native display garden. Then, armed with nets, the class scooped up water bugs from the nearby creek and waterhole into containers. Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre teacher and Landcare volunteer, Lynn Churchill, explained how sensitive the various bugs are to water quality and how important they are to indicate the health of the creek. With the help of identification sheets and a microscope attached to a computer, the students were able to identify those bugs and view them up close.
This is learning at its best - engaging, practical and memorable. As one student said, "Best excursion ever!"
TM Landcare is committed to helping local schools teach students the importance of caring for the environment, especially here on our mountain.