Wingecarribee Shire Council is gearing up to host this year’s Wingecarribee Schools Environment Day to be held on the foreshore of Lake Alexandra Reserve, Mittagong on Tuesday 18 October 2011.
As part of the celebrations, over 500 Year 5 and 6 students from throughout the Shire will attend the interactive open day and participate in hands-on displays and experiments.
Now in its sixth year, the theme for this year is Friendly Forests as 2011 is the “International Year of Forests”.
Councillor Larry Whipper said the day was an opportunity for students to learn more about their local environment.
“Apart from having fun, the day is a celebration of our diverse environment and learning how we can all work together to better preserve our environment for future generations,” he said.
“One of the other great benefits of the event is that the children will be able to take some of the lessons from the day back to their classrooms and homes.
“This is vitally important as ultimately, it is the students who will inherit responsibility for the planet and the repercussions of our actions. And if they can educate their parents and families on the benefits of responsible environmental management, that’s an added bonus,” Councillor Whipper said.
The event is principally funded by Council’s Environment Levy and supported by the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Authority, Wingecarribee Landcare and Bushcare Network, NSW Rural Fire Service, Sydney Catchment Authority, Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Service), , Southern Highlands Bird Watchers Group, Camden Environmental Education Centre, Illawarra Environmental Education Centre, Habitat Ponds, Insektus, Australian Wildlife Displays, and Blue Mountains Reptile Awareness.
For further information on this closed event or other upcoming environmental events contact Council on phone 4868 0813.