Bundanoon Public School now has its very own sensory nature trail.
The environmental experience has been made possible through a sustainability grant received from the NSW government.
The government awarded $25,000, through its Community Building Partnership grant, to the school's P and C after seeing the application by committee member Bella Gnecci-Roscone and stage three teacher Greg McCroary.
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Mr McCroary said the purpose of building the nature trail was to give students a chance to experience more practical learning and help them develop positive character traits as a result.
"We will use the nature trail to engage students, particularly those with learning or behavioural difficulties, in practical and enjoyable experiences," Mr McCroary said.
"Students will improve self-esteem and develop self-worth."
The trail is separated into 10 different zones including the Southern Highlands shale woodlands wildlife zone, which is a native flora and fauna sanctuary. It will allow students access through this area for regular wildlife surveys.
There is the Gundungurra zone which has an emphasis on traditional Indigenous land use and contains local bush tucker, bush medicine and plants with informative signage.
The farm zone contains a fruit loop orchard, herb spiral and veggie patch with a greenhouse to grow collected native seeds. The seedlings are planted on school grounds while student families will be donated excess plants so they can plant them within the community.
A part of the trail is the memorial zone which includes a WWI memorial garden that marks the centenary of Armistice Day. Featured are Gallipoli Rosemary and a lone pine sourced through the Australian War Memorial.
Other zones on the trail are the prehistoric zone, wetland zone, recycling zone containing worm farms and compost bays and the creative performance zone, which has log benches for audience seating and a platform for performances, musical recitals and plays.
There is also the nature play zone, the indoor zone and the sensory zone, which includes scented plants like lemon myrtle, lavender and mint, as well as sculptures, textured plants, wind chimes and edible herbs.
Bundanoon Public School has recently received a similar sized grant to expand on this project.
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