Yanchep National Park expands educational arm

YANCHEP National Park has expanded its educational school activities to include another two programs.

Parks and Wildlife’s YNP bookings officer Sharon Lynch said all activities were linked to the curriculum framework and year-group-specific, so children could return to build on their knowledge at a higher level.

“We now have two distinct programs – one with an environmental focus and the other with a focus on Aboriginal culture,” Ms Lynch said.

“The environmental program includes 11 activities that focus on a range of environmental factors such as animal biology, water usage, endangered species and cave formation.

“The Aboriginal program now includes eight activities run by our cultural guide Derek Nannup.”

Activities take place at various locations around the park, including near the wetland, in the caves and on the koala boardwalk.

Ms Lynch said one of the highlights of the Aboriginal program is Nyoongar science, an activity that explored the aerodynamics of a boomerang and the chemistry of bush glue.

“Another new activity is the mega fauna mysteries, which explores the prehistoric species of WA,” she said.

Activities are designed for groups of no more than 30 students but can run simultaneously to accommodate larger group sizes.

Camping and volunteering opportunities are also available for schools that want to organise camps.

For more information, call the booking officer on 9303 7772.

School holiday activities

NEARER to Nature is hosting school holiday activities at Yanchep National Park this week.

The program includes ‘enchanted environment in the caves’ for four to seven-year-olds from 10-11.30am on Wednesday, April 19.

For children aged eight and older, there is a ‘life through a lens’ photography activity from 1-3pm the same day.

Both cost $16 per child, or $14 for discovery club members.