On Thursday, several local homeschooling families went on an excursion to the Awabakal Nature Reserve in Dudley, Newcastle. It was organised through the Awabakal Education Centre, and staff members Fiona & Lisa took us on a 3.5 hour walk through the Reserve. They taught us about some of the flora & fauna of the area, and also about how the local aboriginal tribe (the Awabakal people) would have lived.
We saw some fabulous views:
and some pretty native flowers:
The kids got to make miniature aboriginal shelters using sticks & paperbark on the banks of the Redhead Lagoon:
paint their faces with some ochre that we found:
and go dipnetting in Little Lagoon to see what they could see:
It was a fantastic day (and not to mention fitted in really well with the Aboriginal Unit we're doing currently!)