After yesterday’s deluge, we were lucky enough to experience a glorious day in Canunda National Park. The “March In May” is an annual event organised by the Department of Natural Resources that is accessible only to years 6 & 7 across the region. The day involves an 8.5km trek in Canunda National Park, punctuated by 4 educational stations manned by knowledgeable employees of the Department or volunteers from the Friends of Canunda National Park organisation.

The students loved the day.

They loved hiking together in the bush. It was lovely to see them having fun racing each other down the bushy tracks and helping one another through tricky situations. They were interested in the educational presentations and asked good questions. They asked to stop when they wanted to enjoy the view. They soaked it all in.

Our first station: Fire Management and the critically endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot.

Only 50 of these little guys left in the whole world. (Those specimens were created in the 1950s)

A sand trap – to capture the footprints of local animals.

Our second station: Biological Sciences and the art of studying animals’ tracks to identify them.

We found a snake!

The one time we were quiet during the excursion – we were trying to listen to a frog’s call – and we did! Quite the feat, actually, given the energy levels…

Our third station: Indigenous culture – the children loved John’s energy. “He’s like an actor!” they commented. He definitely brought it all to life for us.

Last station: Pioneer Historical Ruins.

We did it!