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Yarra River Keepers Education Session - High School Focussed

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Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library

182 St Georges Road

North Fitzroy, VIC 3068

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The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is the voice of the river. Since 2004, we have established ourselves as the credible community advocate for the Yarra. We tell the river’s story highlighting its wonders and challenges.

Two events are scheduled for this program.
1.
High School focussed education Session
Monday 20th November
10am to 11am
Bargoonga Nganjin Community Room

2.
General Public Education Session
Wednesday 6th December
7 to 8pm
Richmond Library (to attend this session please book using separate event listing)

Description for Curriculum linked High School education session.
In this session students will learn about the history of the Yarra River, from indigenous Australian connections to the River, through to 1835 when John Batman first laid ‘claim’ to the river and beyond. The session will cover the journey of Yarra water, from being collected in forested catchments to returning to the natural water cycle as purified wastewater. Students will learn about wildlife living in and around the river and will be shown examples of food webs within forested catchments and estuarine environment close to Port Phillip Bay. Students will be exposed to the threats these species face, particularly the threat of pollution in waters. Finally, students will be empowered to make changes to improve the health of the river.


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Dr Nicole Kowalcyk is the Education Officer for the Yarra Riverkeeper Association. Her longstanding interest in the marine sciences led her to undertake a PhD program where she focused on the foraging and reproductive ecology of the iconic St Kilda little penguin colony. This research was important to identifying their key foraging locations and prey species and provided insight into foodweb dynamics within Port Phillip Bay. This research also highlighted the threats these seabirds face including the direct impact of pollutants, mainly litter, on their breeding habitat as well as the impact of pollutants on their prey resources.
Nicole has since been working with community groups and schools to monitor litter pollution along the Yarra River and around Port Phillip Bay. She aims to identify litter hotspots on land and seal the cracks by which littered items slip into rivers and are carried away to the seas. Nicole uses interactive teaching strategies to raise awareness about the impacts of littering for habitats and organisms in Port Phillip Bay.

Bookings essential. You do not need to bring a ticket with you to this event.

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