Eco-Logic Spring 2011 Newsletter

In this issue
Come and Visit Us!
Creature Feature: The Koala
Kids Capers: National Recycling Week
Possum Pete is getting Water Wise
Staff Profile: Simon Lont
Spring Holiday Activities
Enviro Calendar

The spring weather has sprung early this year providing a fantastic lift of spirits after the cold winter. And, with the warming weather and the growing swell we are expecting plenty of visitors to the surf coast. It’s 27°C as I write this!

VisitCome and Visit Us!

Eco-Logic provides an opportunity for hands-on learning during play and discussion in the outdoors.

The staff are passionate about the coastal environment. They live and play here and honestly thrive on sharing it with young people. They are experienced and qualified in areas such as education, outdoor recreation, a variety of sciences, and land management.

The activities include canoeing, snorkeling, coastal walks, junior ranger activities, fossil safaris and exploring rock pools and estuaries.

We are very safety conscious following recommended guidelines from the DEECDs Adventure Outdoors and also the Adventure Activity Standards (2006). We boast a record of zero moderate to major incidences.

The passion and qualifications of our staff ensure that sessions are fun and educational. They support Key Learning Areas such as civics and citizenship, the humanities, geography and history, as well as sciences, health, and the arts.

Our land use permits and resources provide an inspiring classroom. Students can get up close and personal with taxidermy animals, get their feet wet in an estuary, or enjoy a warm fire just like the aboriginal people did here thousands or years ago. And all with the beautiful surrounds of the ocean, sand, and Australian bush.

Due to our relationship to a local environment group ANGAIR and a Caring for Country grant, we even have a completely FREE activity where students help to restore sand dunes while learning about their systems and value.

When you visit the Surf Coast, let us inspire your class to experience, understand, and care for the natural world.

We’re looking forward to seeing you.

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Koala Pasolarctos cinereus
Photo Source:
www.australiasouvenir.com

Creature Feature: The Koala Phasolarctos cinereus

The famous arboreal (tree dwelling) and herbivorous (vegetarian) marsupial is a fantastic icon down here on the surf coast.

Its name, koala, is thought to originate in NSW as an Aboriginal term.

European settlers thought of them as bears or monkeys which is where the common term, koala bear, derives from. However, the koala is not related to the true, placental bears.

This stocky animal spends most of its time chillaxing in the fork of a tree and almost lives entirely on Eucalypt foliage. Many people believe that koalas are drugged by the eucalypt leaves they eat. Gum trees do produce toxins that are poisonous to most other animals. The koala’s fantastic sense of smell assists it in choosing the least toxic leaves.

The slow dopey nature of koalas can be attributed to their low energy adaptations. The koala has a smaller brain, a slow digestion system and sleeps 18-22 hrs/day! With summer on its way, our furry friends will start to get frisky. After 35 days inside mum, they crawl into the pouch for six months and then hang out close by for a further six months. You’ll often see the young clinging to their mother’s back.

Make sure you keep your eyes open for them when you’re visiting.

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Re-used toys artist:Robert Bradford
Source:www.infobarrel.com

Celebrate National Recycling Week with fun activities!
Hold a recycling relay:
Place three bins/buckets out. The closest one labeled re-use, the middle one recycle, and the farthest landfill. Collect a variety of common products that are ‘thrown out’. Each team runs one item to the bins at a time and decides where to place it. The distance of the bins displays how re-using uses the least amount of resources and landfills use the most.You can include a discussion about where the items were placed and why at the end. It is a fun way to get kids to think about what they can or cannot recycle and how to reduce purchasing things that cannot be
re-used.

Create Recycled Art:
This dog was made from old toys that were no longer played with. Plastic bottles, cardboard, and plenty of household rubbish can become fantastic pieces of artwork.

Have fun and get creative! Visit www.planetark.org to find out more about National Recycling Week.

Possum Pete is getting Water Wise
water tankEco has two areas of work:
Education and Environment Services. The latter involves land management, sustainability or carbon management, and marine projects.We have teamed up with Barwon Water for one of our latest projects.

Wye River, Separation Creek, and Kennet River are some of the 150 towns in Victoria that source their fresh water privately. Commercial properties, such as the caravan park, source water from a river while residential properties have water tanks.

The population of this area explodes in summer from the 300 permanent residents to 5000 people. This is exactly when the least amount of rainfall occurs.

Barwon Water has developed a Sustainable Water Management Project that aims to minimise threats to the quality and security of their current supplies. Pete from Eco is consulting with the local residents and regular holiday visitors about their current systems. He will also be providing them with information on how to reduce their water use, increase storage capacity, and improve water quality.

simonStaff Profile: Simon Lont

Simon started working at Eco as a Uni student in 1998!

His studies included a B. of Biological Science and a B. of Teaching which provide an ideal background for Eco.

He grew up in Barwon Heads and Grovedale and spent holidays in the Anglesea/Lorne area. Naturally, he spent much of his childhood surfing and exploring the coast making him a true coastal expert.

With 13 years of history at Eco, Simon says that working outdoors and passing on knowledge to others are two of his favourite passions.

Simon has just returned to Australia from a big adventure. He travelled through Europe visiting family in the Netherlands and spent a month in Asia.

If Simon could transform into a rockpool creature, it would be an Elephant Snail because they are his favourite things to find.

 

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Spring Holiday Activities!

We have a fun filled September school holiday program:

Monday Sept 26: Twisted Lighthouse tour
Tuesday Sept 27: Kite making
Wednesday Sept 28: Canoe/Astronomy
Thursday Sept 29: Twilight Rockpool Ramble
Friday Sept 30: Spooky Lighthouse Tour
Saturday Oct 1: Canoe/Kite making
Sunday Oct 2: Twisted Ligthouse Tour
Monday Oct 3: Junior Ranger with preserved animals
Tuesday Oct 4: Rockpool Ramble/ Canoe Discovery
Wednesday Oct 5: Creatures of the Night Walk
Thursday Oct 6: Rockpool Ramble
Friday Oct 7: Canoe Discovery Paddle
Saturday Oct 8: Twisted Lighthouse Tour

and much much more download our complete School Holiday Program

lighthouseENVIRO CALENDAR

Great Victorian Fish Count (GVFC): The GVFC is on again this December. Eco-Logic team up with a school group every year to participate. Get online and check out how you can join in: www.reefwatchvic.asn.au

The White Queens’ 120th Birthday!: The Split Point Lighthouse(LH) celebrates its 120th birthday this year. The iconic LH certainly has the best vantage point in Aireys Inlet. Take a tour to the top to see for yourself.

ANGAIR Wildflower Show: 24-25th September The coastal heathland is full of colour and life in spring. Come enjoy this national treasure with the knowledgeable locals at ANGAIR who care for the coast all year around.

September is National Biodiversity Month: Get outside and learn what lives in your neighbourhood.

World Car Free Day: The 22nd of September is a day to leave your car behind. Take the time to slow down and enjoy a new pace.

International Walk to School Month-October: October is the perfect month to start getting fit and walking outdoors. Enjoy the outdoor warmth with a walking bus, some friends, or your family. Check out: www.iwalktoschool.org/

World Fisheries Day: Nov 1st Get a sustainable fishing guide from www.wwf.panda.org

National Recycling Week : 7-13 November Check out our Kids Capers articles and have some fun.