Sunday, May 03, 2009

Exploring our local area: Awabakal Nature Reserve

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!)


littleecofootprints said...

What a great opportunity! I just checked out the Education centre web page. I wish they did weekend walks for families as well. I havn't visited Awabakal for a while - you have motivated me to go for a walk there soon.


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