Wingecarribee Shire Council is gearing up to host this year’s Wingecarribee Schools Environment Day which will be held at Lake Alexandra Reserve, Mittagong on Tuesday 16 October 2012.
As part of the celebrations, Year 5 and 6 students from throughout the Shire will attend the interactive open day and participate in hands-on displays and experiments.
Chair of Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, Councillor Larry Whipper said the day was an opportunity for students to learn more about their local environment.
“The day is a celebration of our diverse environment and a chance to learn how we can all work together to better protect and enhance it,” 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 and talk to their families about the sustainability of their lifestyles.
“This is vitally important as ultimately, it is the students who will inherit responsibility for the planet and the repercussions of our actions. If they can educate their parents and families on the benefits of responsible environmental management, that’s an added bonus,” Councillor Whipper said.
Now in its seventh year, a record 650 students are expected to attend this year’s event.
In addition to educating the students, the fun activities have been designed to allow the students the opportunity to mix with other schools groups.
The event is principally funded by Council’s Environment Levy and supported by the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Authority, Wingecarribee Landcare and Bushcare Network, Australian Botanic Garden, NSW Rural Fire Service, Sydney Catchment Authority, Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Service), Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), Greening Australia , Southern Highlands Bird Watchers Group, Camden Environmental Education Centre, Illawarra Environmental Education Centre, Insektus, Australian Wildlife Displays, Blue Mountains Reptile Awareness, Leapfish Theatre, and WIRES.
For further information on this closed event or other upcoming environmental events contact Council on phone 4868 0813.