Through Bushrangers, students from rural and urban Tasmanian schools, including Campbell Town, Oatlands and Cressy, Taroona High and Launceston Church Grammar, are supporting our onground work in the Tasmanian Midlands by planting and caging trees on farms, undertaking replica planting in their schools and taking part in direct seeding trials.
Students are also assisting farmers, ecologists and scientists from the University of Tasmania with valuable research which will help to inform future restoration work. This includes investigating the genetic diversity of local provenance seed and tracking the movements of native and feral predators across the Midlands in an effort to develop an animal-centric model of restoration.
Students began their involvement in Tasmania Island Ark in 2014 helping with the planting and caging of 280,000 trees on farms, including our research sites at Cressy and Ross. The project gives students a chance to develop their understanding of local biodiversity issues and learning pathways as they work on practical tasks beside researchers.
Another partnership with Campbell Town High School students, and architecture and design students from the University of Tasmania, is focused around creating a sculpture trail in Ross to showcase the restoration.
Events for students, like geography field days for Year 11 and 12 students, supplement learning and provide schools with the opportunity to study the connection between people, places and environment.
As part of National Science Week 2020, Greening Australia partnered with Tasmanian Aboriginal peoples and local landholders to host two cultural immersion days on country for Indigenous students. Under the guidance of Aboriginal Cultural Educator Dave mangenner Gough, Rosny Mob students helped to mentor younger students in STEM activities connected to 60,000+ years of palawa science.
The groups explored ways to create sustainable futures by combining traditional and contemporary knowledge. The following videos capture key moments from the 2020 cultural immersion days. These National Science Week events and the resulting videos were made possible thanks to the grant funding received from the Australian Government and support from JM Roberts Charitable Trust.
Bushrangers is funded through a bequest from the John Roberts Charitable Trust and grants from NRM North, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and Inspiring Australia. For more information about this project, please send us an online query.