In June 2014 we are visiting some local schools to talk about river health, platypuses, Landcare and how we can help to look after the rivers and the land to ensure healthy habitat for fish and animals. We talked about how important it is not to litter, to plant trees and control weeds and not to leave fishing line or hooks when we go fishing. We were really lucky to have Antia Brademann from Waterwatch come along and bring her platypus Bill (who is a real platypus that unfortunately died) to show the kids.
They were fascinated to hold “Bill” and see a platypus so close up, and they also loved being “Waterwatch Detectives” when we did bug catching in the river. The bugs we caught and identified helped tell the kids how to judge whether the river was healthy or not and then we talked about what makes a healthy river.
It was such fun and all the kids were so enthusiastic and excited to take part.
Another initiative we have for the kids is our Upper Snowy Calender which is a collection of pictures done by local school children. We give them a different theme for each year with inspiration such as “Producing From Our Land – Sustainable Food & Fibre”, “When the Rains Came – the changes in our landscape” and “Down Under Matters – caring for our soils”.