Mid Lachlan Landcare School Activities
“An eye full is better than an ear full – but not as good as a hand full”
Mid Lachlan Landcare work with a range of school groups to:
- Engage people with their food and the people who produce it
- Provide a real link between urban and rural communities
- Demonstrate sustainable and productive farm businesses
- Demonstrate a range of productions systems
- Demonstrate landscape processes
- Demonstrate natural resource management issues
- Support High School HSC teachers to deliver up to date, practical content in Agriculture, Earth and Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Food Technology, Geology, Geography, Senior Science, Modern History
- Support primary and secondary teachers to deliver practical up to date content in natural science, agriculture, food technology, geology, geography, household sustainability, eco architecture, history.
Mid Lachlan Landcare project staff organise and run activities on local farms and at local schools.
Local field based tours are designed to give students the opportunity to develop an understanding and personal link to food production, as well as highlighting natural resource management and regional issues.
Content is up to date showing the application of cutting edge land management practices
Practical activities can be included – soil testing, water testing, groundwater monitoring, map reading, use of remote sensing data, use of geo-physics data, farm planning, pasture assessment and feed budgeting
Students will visit working farms and see day to day farming operations.
Modules have been developed to cover a range of topics:
- Farming systems – mixed dryland cropping and grazing, irrigation – vineyards, irrigation- vegetables and olive products
- Food processing businesses – Olive products, viticulture, meat products, paddock to plate local hospitality businesses
- Soil management – salinity and soil erosion
- Biodiversity management – design of habitat functions within agricultural landscapes
- Water management – landuse and impacts on water quality
- Geology influence on soils
- Soil influence on landuse
- Sustainable living – eco house design and construction, permaculture, community gardens
Reading the Landscape – Our most popular field based seminar takes between 3 ½ to 5 hours
Over the past 5 years more than 1200 Year 12 Earth and Environmental Science or Agriculture students have taken part in the “Reading the Landscapes” field based seminar.
This activity is facilitated by Mid Lachlan Landcare and supported by Department of Primary Industries, Office of Environment and Heritage and Central tablelands Local Land Services
This module visits three sites around Cowra and Canowindra and demonstrates land degradation processes and effects, land management options, salinity processes, geological influences on salinity symptoms and land assessment techniques for salinity and soil erosion.
The tour goes to:
- A farm considered to be affected with minor salinity and soil erosion where students observe any salt indicators or rehabilitation practices being trialled
- The Woodstock Cemetery which provides a good example of the woodland vegetation community present prior to European settlement .The students observe landscape characteristics, similarities or differences between the remnant vegetation and surrounding agricultural areas.
- A farm where the landholder has successfully managed to control the effects of salinity and erosion through designed tree planting, pasture management and cropping rotations.
Prior to the tour, students are asked to complete background questions about salinity and the Lachlan catchment region. Pre-tour questions and a basic agenda can be downloaded from the Resources page.
To make a booking or to find out more, please send us an email by filling out the form on the Contact page.
Schools who have participated in MLL educational activities:
Asquith Girls High School
Barker College Hornsby
Bede Polding College – Agriculture
Bede Polding College – Earth Environmental Science
Blayney High School
Brigidine College Randwick – Earth Environmental Science
Brigidine College Randwick – Food Technology
Brisbane Waters College Woy Woy
Canowindra High School
Condell Park Christian School
Cowra High School
Galston High School
John Bosco College – Engadine
McKeller Girls College -Manlyvale
Montessori School Canberra
National Youth Science Forum
Orange Christian School
Sacred Heart Kensington
Shellharbour Anglican College
St Andrews Cathedral School
St Columbas School – Port Macquarie
St Josephs College Milperra
St Raphaels Cowra
The Scots College – Sydney
Wenona Girls School
Woodstock Public School