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.
30 Aug 2014 8:00am-9:00am
parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.
31 Aug 2014 9:30am-10:20am
A superb loop walk that winds through woodland, wet heathland & along boardwalks. Along the way you will encounter a variety of flora including hakeas, wattles, tea-trees, mistletoe, swamp bush pea and button grass. This guided walk is run by Friends of Bunyip State Park.
1 Sep 2014 8:30am - 4 Sep 2014 5:30pm
We will take you behind the scenes on this exclusive, small group adventure as you work alongside a Parks Victoria Ranger to 'track and protect' the elusive Brush-tailed Phascogales, which are on Victoria's threatened species list. You will sample some of the region's best wines, see ancient Aboriginal rock art…
2 Sep 2014 10:00am-11:00am
Enjoy the fresh air of this beautiful park and get an insight into the park’s fascinating history, flora and fauna. This free guided walk run by Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park will lead you across the famous Corrigan Suspension Bridge which stretches through the rainforest canopy, and on either…