Teaching kids conservation and environmentalism
The Willunga Envirokids program is developed within Willunga Primary School to actively engage student in the real world of conservation and environmentalism.
By including and creating ownership of the environment, students develop a further interest and care in the work they do and strive to go on to more extensive training and education in the higher years of schooling.
The projects Envirokids have participated in include:
- revegetation of local landholder properties
- care and maintenance of the local Creek
- working with scientist on trapping and data collection in vulnerable areas
- partaking in fish release programs with PIRSA and SARDI
- re-establishing vegetation after fire and extensive farming
- monitoring Southern Hairy Nosed Wombats
- working with Flinders University in data collection
This involvement has earned Envirokids awards such as the
- Onkaparinga environment award 2014
- The NRM Engaging with Nature award 2012 and
- runner up in the state Landcare awards.
Willunga Primary School also established the Douglas Mawson Award to celebrate the student each year that has shown outstanding work in the natural environment.
A lunch time activity in which a number of children volunteer to care for a grow a number of orchids. In 2017, this group attended the Royal Show and won an award for their work.