Gulf Kids Environment Day 2015 was a success!

15 Sep 2015

On the 28th August 2015, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group organised a host of presenters and activities, around extinct and threatened species, to travel to Croydon for a day of hands on experiences for 180 children living in remote communities and cattle stations. 

The theme ‘Edge of Extinction’ marks the 5th Gulf Kids Environment Day which has become a much anticipated annual event on the school calendar in the Gulf of Carpentaria.  Students from   Normanton, Karumba, Georgetown, Croydon, Forsayth and surrounding properties travelled up to 200km each way to attend. 

On arrival students divided into teams and then set out to explore!  They uncovered fossils of the Croydon area, threats to native animals, plants and birds, built dinosaurs, made fossils, insects and Gouldian Finch collages, played seed saving and threatened species games, searched for birds, met a seed saving super hero and became dinosaur puppeteers!

NGRMG education Officer Erica Blumson said ‘most of these students never get the opportunity to visit a museum, we have tried to bring a little of what museums have to offer to Croydon to allow these bush kids to get a glimpse into the prehistoric world and to get them thinking about what causes extinctions and what some of the threats are to endangered species in our region at the moment’

The day was a celebration of Junior Landcare and included a picnic morning tea, sausage sizzle lunch and a Gulf Kids Environment cake.  NGRMG appreciates the ongoing support of the Croydon Shire Council and the Croydon State School in bringing GKED to the Gulf community.

 

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