Introducing SiennaSienna is our Nature leader here at EPS. Sienna collaborates with Elstenwick Park to educate the community about nature and local community projects at Elstenwick Park.
Latest update: July 2022
On Saturday the 30th July, the monthly Working Bee was held at Elsternwick Park.
It was a beautiful sunny day to be outside in nature. At least 30 people showed up including students in our Nature Ambassador Program to enjoy the nice weather. For lunch there was sausages in bread on the barbeque, as well as tea and biscuits.
There are a whole range of things to do at the Working Bees, for example, some days you will be planting seeds, digging up dirt and moving it or even building bird boxes. All of these things are a vital help to building our wonderful nature reserve.
These working bees are free to join for anyone of any age who is interested in planting, digging, or helping our environment.
They are on the last Saturday of every month from 2-5pm. We would LOVE for you to join us!
Go to https://www.elsternwickpark.org to find out more.
On Thursday the 9th of June, the EPA hosted the Ecocentre’s gathering of teachers from the Teacher’s Environment Network in the Nature Reserve. Nearly 40 teachers came, all eager to learn about the many ways to bring greater biodiversity and environmental awareness to their schools. Alex (from the Ecocentre) invited me to come and talk about the new ambassador roles at our school and why we are connecting the school and the park together.
Soon after a quick introduction from Alex and Natalie (the president of Elsternwick Park Association), we went on a tour around the reserve led by Gio Fitzpatrick. He showed us all the amazing plants, and birds at the park, explaining why each plant was put in and what birds and other creatures it would affect.
Afterwards, we all went back to the EPA shed where Alex invited me up to speak.
As I started talking, it was obvious that the teachers were paying attention, they all stopped what they were doing and turned their focus on me, listening in on my every word as I explained the importance of connecting and educating children to nature. And how children are the next generation, and that it’s important that they care and respect nature so they can help save it.
Following this, teachers were inspired, asking me questions about how we could possibly set up ambassador roles at other schools. Even asking if I would go on zoom calls with their students so they could hear what I had to say. I am super excited by their enthusiasm and hope that they will take on board my idea and try it at their schools, because kids are the future and it’s up to us to fix it.
Recently, Elsternwick Park Association has kindly donated us some Black Wattle seedlings for us to plant around the school.
These plants grow very quickly, and are an easy way to help increase the biodiversity at our school. The bark on these trees are a great host for many different types of insects that are native to this area. Unlike other trees Black Wattles produce nectar in their leaves as well as their flowers, this, along with the plentiful supply of insects makes this an ideal location for many bird species. These plants are a great way to bring a wider diversity of animals to our beautiful school.
We hope that we can continue to do more things like this to help support wildlife in the future.