Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with a blue tongue lizard? For 120 lucky local year 9 students that’s exactly what they got to experience at last month’s Coast Guardians Forum.
The annual forum allows students from four regional schools the opportunity to celebrate their significant contribution to the coastal environment from the past twelve months.
Along with the reptile display, the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre kindly contributed an interactive ‘touch tank’ which allowed students to interact with some of the marine wildlife they were protecting.
As part of the celebrations, Wathaurung Aboriginal Elder Bryon Powell introduced the day with a Welcome to Country before educating students about bush tucker and important tools.
Students were able to try their luck at starting a fire using traditional Aboriginal methods.
This day is a fun and interactive way for students to reflect on the topics covered over the last twelve months, including aboriginal culture, coastal animals and plants and threats to and management of, the natural coastal environment.
GORCC Community Liaison Manager Jane Lovejoy commended the students on their hard work throughout the year.
“These schools and their students are making a very real difference to their coast. The aim of the program is to build future generations of environmentally aware individuals who proactively care for the coast they love. This end of year event is an opportunity to celebrate their hard work and achievements and touch on what they have learned and gained over the past twelve months,” she said.
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