EMRC calls for nominations for bushcare workshops

Published: Monday, 5 February 2018 at 3:43:49 PM

The EMRC wants to hear from residents and schools in the region who are near, or have, a favourite piece of bushland they would like to nominate for a bushcare workshop in 2018.
The Bush Skills 4 Youth program, hosted by the EMRC, was launched in 2015 with funding from Lotterywest to raise awareness of the value of local bushland areas. The program has continued with funding from the State Natural Resource Management Program.
More than 80 workshops have been conducted throughout the region encouraging young people to explore the bush safely and have fun while learning to respect and care for it.
The program has engaged with a variety of groups including schools, home schooled students, scouts, guides, YMCA and out of school hours care through community events and workshops.
EMRC Acting Chief Executive Officer Wendy Harris said that taking children outside to explore the interactions of the natural environment, gives them a sense of place and connection.
“The connections and bush appreciation skills learned in the program can last a lifetime,” she said.
Workshops can be one-off or a series and are tailored to the needs, knowledge and particular interests of the group.
Mrs Harris said that rather than the EMRC selecting locations of where the workshops will be held this year the program coordinators are encouraging people to step forward and nominate a patch of bush, within one of the EMRC member councils, where they would like to see a workshop held.
“Community and ‘Friends of’ groups who are looking after a reserve are encouraged to nominate their patch,” she said.
The EMRC member Councils are the Town of Bassendean, Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Kalamunda and Swan and the Shire of Mundaring.
To nominate a patch of bushland by 28 February 2018 please email BS4Y@emrc.org.au or call 9424 2244.
For more information about the Bush Skills 4 Youth Program visit the website www.emrc.org.au.

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