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Wattle warriors in the Grampians National Park

Monday 17 June, 2013

A group of 260 year 8 students and their teachers from Ivanhoe Grammar School have just completed a huge project to help tackle weeds in the Grampians National Park with Conservation Volunteers.

During the past two months, groups of students spent fifteen days volunteering with Parks Victoria and Conservation Volunteers as part of their outdoor education program. The program was run in collaboration with Halls Outdoor Education and participants were able to do a variety of activities including a day of volunteering.

Volunteer Coordinator for the Grampians National Park, Katherine Dyson said the students and staff worked tirelessly to remove Sallow Wattle from two areas within the park.

“They spent three days removing wattle from an area near Wartook and twelve days tackling a bigger infestation at Troopers Campground along Roses Gap Road.

“The volunteers worked very hard to help remove the wattle from the camp ground in a variety of weather conditions.

“It is an incredible opportunity for us to collaborate and there are joint benefits for us in managing the park and for the school’s outdoor education program.

“The entire Sallow Wattle removal program in the Grampians National Park is completed by Conservation Volunteers. We have had a lot of success with Ivanhoe Grammar students and they have often been reluctant to stop working,” said Ms Dyson.

Chris Raymond, the Outdoor Education Coordinator for Ivanhoe Grammar said that helping to care for the park where they enjoy spending time was an important part of the students’ education.

“We believe that taking part in community service activities is a valuable experience for our students and this opportunity has been fantastic,” he said.

 Conservation Volunteers Australia is a leader in delivering practical conservation programs, community involvement and a range of training programs. Conservation Volunteers has offices in 20 locations around Australia and New Zealand and offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year.


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