Teaching the next generation about caring for our beautiful coast is important if we want to protect it into the future. With this in mind, children from the Torquay Montessori Centre are getting hands on and learning about their local coastal environment.
Recently, four and five year olds enjoyed planting indigenous flora, coastal planting and learning about beach litter, plants and animals living in the sand dunes.
The activities took place in Torquay as part of the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) Environmental Education Program
Torquay Montessori Centre Kindergarten Director Felice Weight said the students also learnt about threatened Hooded Plovers and why it is important to stay off the sand dunes.
“I have received feedback from parents telling me their children are pointing out things they learnt from the program while walking along the beach.”
“It’s great to see the children took something from this program, they absolutely enjoyed it.
“They especially enjoyed the planting, and it was great to incorporate learning outside the kindergarten,” Ms Weight said.
GORCC’s Environmental Education Program offers schools and groups the opportunity to engage in hands on learning opportunities that will equip them with the knowledge and skills to work with, understand, respect, protect and enhance their beautiful coastal surroundings.
For more information visit GORCC’s Environmental Education Program Page.
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