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Living Classroom Incursions are Growing

Wow – this year so far has been a whirlwind of fun and exciting activities through our WA based student education program Rio Tinto Earth Assist (RTEA).

With the launch of our Living Classroom Incursions Package, we’ve been engaging more and more schools in making artificial habitats, becoming a sustainable school and creating nature gardens. We’ve been building micro bat boxes, native bee hotels and frog ponds. We’ve been doing waste audits, making beeswax food wraps, seed bombs and planting bird attracting gardens. In the photo above, students at Bicton Primary School are learning about the Noongar six seasons with guest speaker Richard McDowell before they create a six seasons garden of their own.

Students at Broome Senior High School work on their micro-bat box.

Students at Broome Senior High School work on their micro-bat box.

Our RTEA regional tour to the Kimberley was also highly successful – we created native bee hotels and micro-bat boxes with students from One Arm Point Remote Community School, Broome Primary School, Derby District High School, Fitzroy Crossing District High School, Broome Senior High School and Sacred Heart Beagle Bay.

Rio Tinto employees in Perth joined us for the World Environment Day Tree Planting Challenge on the 8th June at Sloan’s Reserve in the City of Kwinana. Rio Tinto team’s planted 2141 stems in just 2 hours! Rio Tinto employee Karl Hackett also won our national World Environment Day photo competition.

The Rio Tinto Numbats get ready for the challenge to begin!

The Rio Tinto Numbats get ready for the challenge to begin!

Throughout August we’re expecting entries to arrive for our Recreate Your Waste Recycled Art Competition. An exhibition will be held with the finalist’s art pieces on display during the September and October school holidays.

Get involved with Rio Tinto Earth Assist by visiting our webpage.