Get Wild About Wetlands
October Holiday Program Report
Every school holiday season, there are heaps of interesting and fun Get Wild About Wetlands activities happening at the Centre to keep the kids busy and give the parents a rest too. Kids of all ages engage and enjoy themselves while being cared for in a safe, friendly, and nurturing environment. They are introduced to the wetlands and wetland critters with walks on nature trails, storytelling, crafting, and educational and creative activities.
Our program acts as a crucial and much-needed respite and entertainment for children, especially after the pace and intensity of the school term. The beauty of our program is that the ticket prices are kept low and affordable, ensuring all our families have access to the school holiday fun.
(1) Poetry Writing for Nature Explorers—
Although this activity was cancelled by the City of Cockburn, few families and children turned up at the Centre on the day and created fun and magical poetry by activating their senses on a nature trail and working with little nature titbits found along the way.
(2) Bat Night Stalk—
The secret sounds of the bushland at dusk are not always made by insects or critters you recognise! Bibra Lake is home to a fascinating critter, the teeny tiny microbat. Families joined our batman, Joe Tonga, on an evening adventure out in the bush to stalk the microbats and uncover all their secrets.
(3) Nature Storytime Trek—
Tiny tots listened to and enjoyed nature stories from Cockburn Libraries that featured WA animals. After storytime, everyone put on their wellies and explored the bushlands of Bibra Lake to see which plants and animals we could discover for ourselves.
(4) Wildflower Walk:—
Children took a walk on the wild… flower side by joining Flick and Darryl on an expedition into the South Bank Patch of Bibra Lake Reserve. It is a particularly beautiful time of year with Spring flowers out in full force. There were bonus points for spotting local birds, reptiles and insects that also enjoy this spot.
The children absolutely enjoyed all our programs. There has been more positive feedback, which makes us excited for the next Get Wild About Wetlands Program.
This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries WA and Lotterywest.