Bass Valley Primary is one of two schools in Bass Coast trialing the new Bushclub activity offered by the Bass Coast Landcare Network through their Environmental Detectives schools program. This is an ongoing activity run every two weeks offered to schools that have a bushland reserve on their grounds or close by. Bass Valley scores on both accounts having the wetland reserve at the school and the cemetery bushland close by.
Bushclub members head out every two weeks to explore the bush and learn about things such as plant identification, climate, local and migratory birds, plant communities, local geography, geology and many others. They will also be getting their hands dirty with weeding, rubbish removal and seed collection. As well as learning about the natural environment the activities can be used as a springboard to class room learning.
Learning in maths, science, English expression, art and other subjects can be enhanced by connecting it to nature. The concrete multi-sensual world of nature provides many opportunities to communicate concepts that a lot of kids may not pick up in the class room alone. The kids also love to just get out and explore the world around them as a break from their normal school day. Bushclub teaches kids to value and connect with their local environment as well as taking them deeper into the complexities and wonders of nature.
Our 4 Environmental Leaders and a group of students from grade 4 participate in this activity along with Peter Baird from Landcare and Mrs Ricardo.