Students become teachers of threatened species awareness

160 students from schools across the Central West and Central Tablelands regions came together recently to learn from each other at the Kids Teaching Kids conference in Wellington.

Hosted by Wellington Public and Wellington High Schools, this year’s conference theme was “Threatened Species – Festival of the Small Purple Pea” which focused on the Small Purple-pea, an endangered plant that is only found in isolated populations around Wellington in the Central West region.

Central West Local Land Services Officer Catie Guise said the event aimed to help students learn more about their local environments, threatened species and what they can do to help.

“The Kids Teaching Kids program helps students to increase knowledge about the environment,” Ms Guise said.

“They learn how the little things that they do in their school community can make a big difference.

“The students will go on to promote their topics throughout their schools, homes and local community.”

2019 marked 20 years of Kids Teaching Kids activities across Australia which encourages sharing of environmental learning.

Other threatened plant and animal species in the region were also highlighted during the conference with students providing informative and interactive presentations.

Student topics for this year’s event included “The role of bees in nature”, “Species under threat”, “Glossy Black Cockatoo”, “Malleefowl”, “Hang Gliding- Squirrel Gliders”, “Bush Stone-curlew” and “Little things make a big difference.”

The event was held in conjunction with the “Progressing the Small Purple-pea in Central West NSW” project which aims at improving community awareness about the species and its habitat.

This project is supported by Central West Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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