Duncraig Senior High School biology students were among the first to take part in new E-STEM conservation programs at the WA Ecology Centre in Bold Park last month.
Delivered by the Kings Park Education and Learning team, the Bushland Ecology and Ecological Field Studies programs gave students practical experience and insights into current restoration techniques.
The new programs focus on seed conservation, tracking climate change through data collection, plant surveying, fire ecology practices and scientific sampling techniques.
Bold Park, a Class A reserve, is the largest urban remnant bushland on the Swan Coastal plain, with more than 300 different native plant species.
Duncraig Senior High School science teacher Fabienne Byrne said coming to a bushland and seeing the impacts of climate change firsthand was important for the students.
'This program is perfect because in class we’re teaching theory, researching books and looking online, but to come to an actual place and have that practical element is really good for the kids,' she said.
Kings Park Education Officer Kiely O'Flaherty said ecological-based STEM programs provided students with increased environmental literacy and helped encourage creative problem solving for real-world environmental issues.
'Equipped with skills to lead at school and in their community, students can become custodians for environmental change and join Kings Park in the global movement to restore our world,' she said.
The new Bold Park programs have a strong focus on ecosystems and biodiversity, Citizen Science, Science Inquiry (SI) and Science as a Human Endeavor (SHE) components of the Western Australian Curriculum.
Enquiries about the Bold Park education programs can be made by contacting Kings Park Education and Learning team.