Get Wild About Wetlands
July Holiday Program Report
Last July, the Centre saw a host of activities and engagements with the Get Wild About Wetlands (GWAW) school holiday program underway. These programs are always exciting and fun, but, above all, they give our kids a chance to pick up something new and exciting, and to relax and enjoy themselves after a long school term.
Our programs are known to be of good quality and provide safe recreational experiences for children. This July, we delivered five activities as a part of the GWAW school holiday program:
(1) 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.
(2) Turtle Creations—
Our South-Western Snake-Necked Turtles are only found here in the southwest and are near threatened in the wild. In this activity with Dani Tyrls, children learned all about our turtles, and also created their very own turtles to take home using some clay and their imagination.
(3) Plant a Poe-Tree—
In this exciting activity, facilitators Lakshmi Kanchi and Christine Della Vedova guided children on a journey to create fun and magical poetry by activating their senses on a nature trail and working with little titbits that were found along the way.
(4) Nature Life Drawing with EcoAction—
During this fun-filled drawing session, children joined EcoAction to create their masterpieces with live animals posing as their models! Plant specimens were also available to draw, and the children were excited to capture the insects, frogs, and lizards on paper!
(5) Muddy Gully with Educated by Nature—
This sensory, hands-on activity was a great opportunity for kids to get muddy and creative with natural clay and ochre face paints. The activity included making and decorating mud pies, sculpting with clay and natural materials, and playing with clay, face paint, and water.
The children enjoyed themselves as well as the activities thoroughly. We got good feedback about the program content, staff, and venue from the children and their guardians.
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 Lotterwest.