Students swap books for boots

CULTURE LESSON: Reidy Park Primary School students learn about Indigenous culture from Uncle Doug Nicholls.

LOCAL Students have swapped their books for hiking boots for a day.

More than 150 students took part in March in May, hosted by The Limestone Coast Landscape Board, The Friends of Canunda, Beachport Parks’ volunteers and Department for Environment, last month.

The students walked an 8.5km loop of Canunda National Park, while stopping at educational stations along the way.

The stations included Weed Identification, Indigenous Culture and History of Coola Station, and one of the most popular, Shorebirds, hosted by Friends of Shorebirds South East volunteers where the children learned about resident and migratory shorebirds.

Limestone Coast Landscape Board Landscape Education Coordinator Damien Bickley said the event is an opportunity for children to leave the classroom and explore Canunda National Park’s unique plants and animals.

“The students enjoyed interacting with the volunteers and staff at each station who are passionate about passing on their knowledge,” he said.

Learning how to use the birdwatching telescopes on the shores of Lake Bonney was also a highlight for the students.

Melaleuca Park Primary School student Zoe said March in May was a memorable experience.

“I loved listening to the talks and learning about the surrounding areas,” she said.

For more information on education events in the Limestone Coast visit or contact the Education team on 8735 1204.