MORE than 120 primary school students took part in hands-on environmental workshops at the City of Bayswater’s Catchment Activity Day in Riverside Gardens yesterday.
Weld Square, Maylands Peninsula, Hillcrest Primary and Bayswater primary schools completed a guided walk through Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary and workshops involving aquatic macroinvertebrates, a life-sized board game and Aboriginal culture.
The event was co-ordinated by the City in partnership with Nearer to Nature from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Department project officer Joselyn Juraszek said the students withstood “four seasons” of weather in one day.
“Some of the key things that they enjoyed, in particular, was the Frog Wheel in the wetland as part of a walk through,” she said.
“The Aboriginal cultural activity; they have been putting on some kangaroo skins and tapping sticks and listening to some Noongar cultural stories.
“The giant life-size board game was where they really understand how to keep the waterways healthy.”
Mayor Dan Bull said the workshops taught children about sustainable practices that would protect the natural environment into the future.