School launches Wetland Discovery kit

Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail. Photo Jonathan Parkyn
Mitchell’s Rainforest Snail. Photo Jonathan Parkyn

WETLANDCARE Australia and Ocean Shores Public School launched an exciting new Wetland Discovery teaching kit for primary schools last week.

The teaching kit, unveiled on Friday, is a culmination of three years of work between WetlandCare Australia and the local school and provides a series of lessons that have been developed around the school's very own wetland discovery learning trail.

Containing important lessons in all aspects of the wetland ecosystem such as water quality, plants and animals and cultural importance, as well threats to wetland health and how they can be addressed, the curriculum is now available for primary schools Australia wide to adapt to their particular needs, Regional Manager at WetlandCare Australia's Ballina office, Cassie Price revealed.

"We are really excited to be launching this important wetland teaching resource," Ms Price said.

"This will enable teachers to equip their students with the skills they need to become the future custodians of our precious environment".

Principal at Ocean Shores, Chris Hauritz, said it was terrific that the long-awaited teaching resource was now in their grasp, and said it was happily available to any schools who wanted to come to Ocean Shores and learn about their wetlands.

Senior Project Officer at WetlandCare Australia, Simone Haigh, said it had been wonderful to see the "feel-good" community project in action.

"It's been such a good collaborative project - there's been so much input (from different sources) it's a great example of working together to achieve a fantastic outcome," she said.

The teaching kit at Ocean Shores contains a lesson on the critically endangered Mitchell's Rainforest snail, a live specimen of which was found last year by WetlandCare Australia staff while undertaking invasive weed control at the school's wetland, Mr Hauritz said.

This large, air-breathing land snail used to be common in the rainforests and swamps of northern coastal lowlands, but is now only known in a few remnant rainforest fragments in the Tweed, Byron and Ballina Shires. It was previously estimated that there are less than 500 adult individuals left in the wild.

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