Bush Wardens commenced in 1999 and is an after school Environmental Education Program, offered 3 times a term to students from Pre-Primary to year six. (Kindergarten students may attend if supervised by a parent or older sibling.) It is organized on a volunteer basis by interested Noranda staff and parents. Currently, the staff involved are Sue Sheridan., Everlyn De Vattimo and Jo Randall. The program is based on “The Bushland Management Plan 1999”. The school is involved in keeping the tracks clear, providing fire breaks and keeping diseases under control.
We have continued to provide a program of varied and interesting activities that focus on maintaining a healthy bushland area, fostering an interest in Australian fauna and flora and the preservation of the natural ecosystem. Our aim is to create a generation of young individuals who are environmentally aware.
This year we have done many planting and weeding activities. We have collected seeds from marri nuts and had some success with them developing into saplings. We have explored our indigenous people’s culture and habits and built mia mias in our bushland from leaves and branches. We have been visited by an expert on mosquitoes and used microscopes and magnifying glasses to identify the characteristics of the different stages of the mosquito cycle and locate problem areas in the school. The Bush Warden team has extended their frog pond and introduced water plants, a frog and tadpoles to our habitat. We have continually monitored our pond and attempted to improve it. Bush Wardens have a bat incursion and our yearly Aussie barbecue to look forward to before the year finishes.