Over 50 participants attended two Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) events on National Threatened Species Day, 7 September. This is an annual day to highlight the plight of endangered plants and animals.
At the Whittlesea Public Gardens in Lalor children and adults alike enjoyed Nature Play activities such as waterbug discovery and meeting a local Spotted Marsh Frog. From the Gardens, a Discover Grasslands Walk took participants on a guided walk to nearby Galada Tamboore, a culturally significant area for the Wurundjeri, and for its geology, geomorphology, plants and animals. Thank you to the City of Whittlesea for supporting these events. Read more to see participants' feedback and other information.
Participants' feedback on the Nature Play was very enthusiastic and included the following:
“My mum took my son Mitchell along and she and he tell me they had a great time. He loved the animals the most.”
“We had a wonderful time Julia. Thank you. We would love to do more of these events. Bilal particularly enjoyed the little fishes and using the magnifying glass.”
“The mix of activities and resources were really engaging. We look forward to the next one.”
“Thank you so much for a great morning! My daughter and my son are having so much fun and both love nature play. Sticks, barks and feathers you named it! They love to collect them all.”
On the Discover Grasslands Walk we strolled through and experienced some of Victoria’s remaining grasslands at Galada Tamboore. Many participants commented on feeling privileged to be able to walk through this area with experienced presenters who could point out birds, reptiles, frogs and plants that they didn’t know existed in the area.
Galada Tamboore can be accessed from the Whittlesea Public Gardens in Lalor or from Hatty Court in Campbellfield. The Native Grassland is on the eastern side of Merri Creek, close to the pedestrian bridge over the Hume Freeway next to the Whittlesea Public Gardens. For more information on the area see our detailed Site Information Note.
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