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Posted on 11 October, 2023

Exciting New Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity Educational Program for Top End Schools!

Exciting New Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity Educational Program for Top End Schools!

A new environmental science education program to educate primary school children about native flora, fauna and biodiversity is launching in Darwin this week. And it’s fully funded & free for a limited number of Top End schools, thanks to the generous support of City of Darwin and Inspired NT!

Landcare NT has partnered with Territory Native Plants and the Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary to deliver the sessions, in response to growing demand for environmental science education from local Top End community experts.

Students will engage in classroom activities, identify and interact with local native plants and animals as well as meet a range of passionate local scientists! All while learning about the role of native flora and fauna in creating habitat, enhancing biodiversity and addressing climate change.

Session one, delivered by Top End Vegetation Scientist and Botanist Dr Donna Lewis, will have a curriculum-based science focus; examining the importance of native flora and how to find, collect, identify and categorise our local native plants.

Session two, delivered by practicing Vet Nurse and CEO of the Darwin Wildlife Sanctuary Ally Szyc, will focus on Top End wildlife and the roles they play in the local environment; with opportunities to meet and handle some of the native animals that call our backyard home!

The school-based trial will initially be delivered to 420 Year 3-6 students across 14 Top End Schools, with future expansion to include a broader range of age groups and other passionate local environmental science experts (Native Bees, Magnificent Mangroves, Backyard Bugs, Indigenous bush tucker & cultural use).

Schools & educators are invited to submit an 'Expression of Interest’ for their class to take part before November 15, 2023. The program will kick off during Semester 1, 2024 - sessions are limited so applying early is recommended!

To learn more about the program or express your interest visit or get in touch with Emily Raso at 0476 516 631.

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