Bug Motels at Schools Environment Day

In October, the Community Garden was invited by Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Environment & Sustainability Department to present a couple of activities relating to gardening and the environment.  And what a great day it was, with a wide diversity of activities being presented to a large number of local years 5&6 school children from around the Shire.

Fantastic interactive display of Australian native birds to entertain kids and adults alike!
Fantastic interactive display of Australian native birds to entertain kids and adults alike!

We decided to:

a)  Build a Beneficial Bug Motel that the kids could take back to school and put into the school garden to create habitat for predatory and pollinating insects.  The main benefit is that kids can understand that there is no need to spray pesticides when there are natural means of pest control like this.

A proud group of years 5&6 display their newly made beneficial bug motel.
A proud group of years 5&6 display their newly made beneficial bug motel.

b)  Build a worm tower and discuss the benefits of keeping worms in your backyard to help with soil fertility in your garden whilst recycling amazing amounts of diverse organic materials that are often seen as waste and sent off site.

All set for the Build a Worm Tower activity
All set for the Build a Worm Tower activity

What a great surprise when Costa Georgiadis turned up on the Day and inspired the kids (and the adults) with his enthusiastic pep talk on the role of the kids in the protection and enhancement of our local environment!

Costa Georgiadis captured the attention of the school kids with his enthusiastic approach to the environment.

Costa Georgiadis captured the attention of the school kids with his enthusiastic approach to the environment.

It was an enjoyable, educational and well-executed event which will hopefully be repeated in the years to come.  Here is one of the groups of students proudly displaying their newly-completed Beneficial Bug Motel.

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