On 1st and 3rd September MK, in partnership with City of Bayswater, the City of Kalamunda and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, delivered Green Lab Professional Learning days for teachers, principals and gardeners from 13 schools in two local government areas.
Each day participants boarded a bus to travel through the LGA to gain perspective of the canopy and existing bushland and other significant green spaces. They met volunteers and workers who shared their roles in conserving these significant places.
In the City of Bayswater we were joined by Mayor Dan Bull who acknowledged that the learning day supported teachers in developing their own educational greening initiatives in schools.
“Schools have an opportunity to make a real difference to maintaining and increasing urban tree canopy as a number of significant trees are located on school grounds,” he said.
“The aim of the learning day is to equip teachers with the knowledge and tools to replicate activities and implement sustainability projects in their own school which will help address the impacts of climate change at a local level.”
“By embedding greening projects into the curriculum, schools can help the City address the metropolitan-wide decline in tree canopy and help combat the heat island effect.” City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull.
In the City of Kalamunda, at Lesmurdie Falls, participants walked through the landscape as Neville Collard gave us an Indigenous perspective on how they moved through the landscape from the hills to the ocean. In the afternoons schools developed plans to initiate their Green Lab school projects. Four schools have already submitted plans and contacted MK to discuss their next steps.
Yay for trees!
Photo courtesy City of Bayswater