The Preps planting for parrots program for the early years of schooling raises awareness of a local endangered species and empowers students to make a positive difference through their actions.
Prep students from Tooradin Primary School participated in the Preps planting for parrots program because they "wanted to help the community and endangered species in their local environment". The prep class received their ‘Little Nursery' plant propagation kits before their excursion and delivered the plants to the Sanctuary when they visited.
Students developed an understanding about the importance of taking care of endangered species such as the Orange-bellied Parrot.
When asked about the importance of helping these animals one student wrote, "we need to help endangered animals because they might die. We grow plants so the birds don't get hungry and to look after them, so they can have enough food to grow and have families."
Their teacher commented that being involved in this program has strengthened the whole school commitment to existing and on-going sustainability practices and that students have developed a greater awareness of the birdlife visiting their school and the need to protect the plants in the school grounds for these animals.
The authentic nature of this program, where students are able to grow a species of plants for an endangered bird species, will see Tooradin Primary School continuing to partner with the Sanctuary in the future.
To continue to engage the students and teachers the Sanctuary educators would like to extend the program by trialling the introduction of a wider variety of food plants for propagation. This way, schools that participate each year can learn about a variety of Australian indigenous plants.