Bobs Farm Public School students embark on ‘Koala Smart’ project

Colin and Brixton engaging in the Koala Smart program.

BOBS Farm Public School students are engaging with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in a program called Koala Smart, an educational initiative targeted at learning about and taking action for local koala populations.

Koala Smart is a geography and science learning program designed to deepen students’ understanding of koalas and the threats they face.

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“Through a series of lessons delivered by NPWS, Discovery Rangers and school staff, students gain knowledge and develop practical solutions to deliver a tangible project towards protecting koalas,” School Principal Megan Elliott told News Of The Area.

Apart from lessons and research in the classroom, Bobs Farm students visited Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary on 25 June to develop practical understanding of the local koala population from Rangers.

The students then formulated a class research project which will receive $1000 funding from NPWS.

Back at school, students came up with an idea to purchase eucalyptus saplings for planting in the school grounds and on their local farms with their parents.

They will also visit Tilligerry Koala Habitat where they can work with volunteers for further plantings.

“Bobs Farm students will make a significant impact for their local koalas and provide real life learning opportunities for themselves as well,” Mrs Elliott said.

“We are always looking for innovative learning opportunities and this program really fits well with us,” she said.


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