To inspire the next generation of nature carers, GER’s Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala regional partnership together with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage engaged teachers from five local schools to develop a NSW curriculum-linked connectivity conservation teaching package.
Teachers from Blaney High School, Crookwell Primary School, Boorowa Central School and Wyangala High School assisted with the creation of ‘Wildlife Corridors for Kids’, which was published in 2016.
The teaching package, along with a series of events and activities run for local school children by K2W, forms part of GER’s Glideways program – a suite of collaborative projects to conserve gliding possums and their habitat across the Great Eastern Ranges.
The aim of the project is to encourage life-longing learning and care for the environment and wildlife through fun and collaborative, activities-based learning. Support is being provided to local schools to implement biodiversity educational programs, with primary school children encouraged to develop a project to conserve a local species of their choice.
Secondary school children are undertaking more detailed research projects on an aspect of connectivity or local species ecology and develop a proposed action for implementation.
Though the content and activities are applicable for the entire region, schools in three K2W landscapes with important glider populations – Copperhania/Neville, Bigga and the Abercrombie River – were a major focus of the project.