In 2016 CVA launched the Victorian Wetland Care Education Program in collaboration with ExxonMobil. The program includes resources for teachers and students to explore their local wetlands and find out how they can contribute and make a positive difference to their local environment.
In 2018 the program has been refreshed and is being delivered to more students and members of the community in Gippsland and Melbourne’s western suburbs. The wetlands in focus for the new edition of the resources are the Stony Creek Backwash and Jawbone Flora and Fauna Reserve in Williamstown, and the Sale Common Nature Reserve in Sale, Gippsland.
The program includes information and exercises about how weeds compete with native plants at each wetland, and what these impacts are on native animals and their habitats. It also includes lessons on the impacts of litter and a native bird ‘Treasure Hunt’ to help students learn about the birds that can be spotted in their local wetland.
So far in 2018, the program has been delivered to three schools, a hospital and a girl guides group. Three more schools will be involved in the program through the rest of the year. The program has been presented to over 400 students and community members and included four community volunteer wetland days, with another four days planned for the coming months.
Newport Parks Primary School students enjoyed learning about their local wetlands