On Wednesday the 2nd of May 2012, The Kowree Farm Tree Group began it's Junior Landcare group, full of fun Landcare activities, to encourage younger people to participate in our local region’s Landcare. The Junior Landcare program is full of fun free Landcare activities that demonstrate the wide-ranging impact Landcare can have in caring for our local environment.
Junior Landcare is about encouraging young people to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment. Launched in May 1998, Junior Landcare recognises that the contribution of young people is vital if the land they are to inherit is to be in the best possible condition. Junior Landcare also encourages young people to develop a sense of responsibility to the land and other natural resources.
The following is an outline of the Junior Landcare events that have taken place since 2012.
Look what we did!!!
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November 2020 Indigenous learning in Assisted Playgroup
Insect discovery Garden at Edenhope Kindergarten
In October 2020 the Edenhope Kindergarten was successful in their application for a Junior landcare and biodiversity grant to establish an insect habitat discovery garden at their entrance. The garden was planted with local native plants that will attract insects as they grow and flower. The garden has been established to be interactive with stepping stones throughout the garden, and a special magnifying glass installation for the children to use to examine their discoveries. The garden will also have an opening in 2021 with a local Wotjobaluk Elder, Ron Marks. From this a book will be produced that the children can read to learn more about the plants and insects.
February 2020 - Communities Environment Grant nature discovery walk
February 2016 - Henley on Lake Wallace
Nest box building at Henley on Lake Wallace was a huge hit, with 60+ kids and their parents spending 4-5 hours building and painting over 30 nest boxes. The duck/possum and rosella boxes were extremely popular. It is great to hear that many of the nest boxes have been installed in backyards and on farms. Chris Humffray further promoted the event by encouraging kids to come build a nest box and explained the importance of providing nest boxes for hollow-dwelling creatures. Overall, the day was a huge success and I would like to thank Stuart Lloyd, Melva McLachlan, Keith McLachlan, Andrew Lloyd and Gloria Freeman for all their help running and setting up the event, and the WCMA for supplying the Landcare Tent.
November 2015 - Edenhope Show
December 2015 - Threatened Species Grant
In November 2015 the Kowree Farm Tree Group was successful in gaining funding for a 'Kids creating habitat for Cockies' project.
The students were visited by the South-east Red-tailed Black Cockatoos Recovery Team Project Coordinator Bronwyn Perryman and KFTG's Iestyn Hosking to learn about the SERtBC and how to grow native seedlings. The students showed great enthusiam and shared many of their own SERtBC stories.
The students became builders for a day and helped put together the shade houses that would help their seedlings grow. The schools have done a great job at looking after the seedlings, which are growing really well and they are looking forward to planting them later in the year.
April 2014 - Creatures of the Night
Junior Landcare hosted a Creatures of the Night Event for families. There was a great turn out on the night with the kids enjoying the bat box building, bat cave, bat biscuit decorating and many more activities. The night was finished off with a walk along the Golf Course in search of bats, only to find a Tawny Frog-mouth.
A big thank-you to Wendy and Emily McInnes, the Lloyd Family, Andrew Bradey for all their help, Gloria Freeman for getting her students to make brilliant bats from recycled materials and everyone else who made the day possible and helped pack up.
2012 September - Wildflower walk
In September the Junior Landcare group had a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the wildflowers of the West Wimmera through going on a bushwalkadventure in the Edenhope Flora and Fauna reserve. Special thanks go to Gloria Freeman for sharing her amazing knowledge of our local wildflowers.
Earlier in the day the children had the chance to create artwork for the 'Garden of Earthly Delights Exhibit'. Some fantastic exhibits were made. Thank you to Adele Booth, Gloria Freeman and Bindy Lees for their hard work in getting this activity running. Lots of fun was had by all.
2012 November - The Garden of Earthly Delights
In September the Junior Landcare group created artworks to participate in the 'Garden of Earthly Delights' a fantastic art exhibition to celebrate our local environment, 150 years of the Edenhope show and the Year of the Farmer. This exhibit took place on the 17th of November to the 8th of December 2012.
Well done to Adele Booth and Gloria Freeman for coordinating such a wonderful exhibition!!!!
November 2012 - Karak at the Show
Karak is a Commonwealth Games Icon.
Karak, a South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, wandered around the Edenhope show this year to promote what can be done to save his species. Bronwyn Perryman, of Birdlife Australia, accompanied Karak and took part in the Junior Landcare display giving people the chance to ask questions about this endangered species.
The Kowree Farm Tree Group, Birdlife Australia and the Junior Landcare Group have been working with Edenhope College to collect stringy-bark seed to be planted at the Edenhope Show. Gloria Freeman’s Grade 5/6 class recently visited a Powers Creek property to collect seed, which has been dried and stored ready for the show. People visiting the Junior Landcare display at the show had the chance to grow their own stringy-bark tree for the cockatoos. This seed will now be grown and planted back on the property from which the seed was collected.
Whilst visiting the site, you could also see the art displays by local school children and take part in the art activities hosted by Bindy Lees, Adele Booth and Gloria Freeman. Thank-you to everyone who made this possible.