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Jerrabomberra Wetlands for Kids

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Published July 19th 2020
Fun learning programs for children at the wetlands
Water is all around us.

Earth is a watery planet. About 70% of Earth's surface is covered in water. We live beside it, we swim in it, we play in it, we get food from it, we walk and ride our bikes around it.

Here in our little patch of landlocked Earth that is Canberra, our waterways are vital not just for us humans, but for the diverse range of plants and animals-many of them found only in Australia-that use them too.

Such as the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. Located near the heart of Canberra, the Jerrabomberra Wetlands is one of the most valuable wetland habitats in the ACT. The wetlands are of national and international importance, as they provide a vital refuge for migrating birds from the northern hemisphere and inland Australia.

The Jerrabomberra Wetlands is a wonderful place for children to enjoy and explore, as well as to appreciate and actively participate in its care and management. The Wetlands has a wide range of activities specifically designed for children. These include:

School holiday programs
Every school holidays, the Wetlands offer an exciting program of activities. In the last July school holidays, there was a Reptile Awareness & Snake Safety Workshop, clay sculpting workshops, storytime sessions for young ones, and a twilight walk around the wetlands searching for spiders. Please keep an eye out on the Jerrabomberra Wetlands website for details of activities and events for the next school holidays.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands for Kids

Birdwatching Tour
For children aged 12 and their grown ups, the Wetlands holds a birdwatching tour on the first Saturday of every month. An Avian expert will take you on a journey through this novel ecosystem in search of the 200 bird species that call the Jerrabomberra Wetlands home. The next birdwatching tour is on Saturday, August 1. For more information and to book your tickets, go here.

Bush and waterbug detectives
Each month the Wetlands also hosts a very special day for kids. Kids get to be detectives for the day and find out what kinds of animals live in the wetlands. They'll also spend time in the education centre using the microscope to identify waterbugs and discover how these important critters teach us to look after rivers and waterways. The next Bush and Waterbugs detetcives event is on Sunday, August 9. Please go here for more details.

Tales and Trails
Designed especially for little ones (ages 1-5), Tales and Trails takes them on a discovery trail around the wetlands. They'll also get to share some Australian picture books, and explore nature linked to to the stories through hands on activities. The next Tales and Trails morning is on Thursday, August 6 at 10am. For more information and to book your tickets, please go here.
Jerrabomberra Wetlands for Kids

Young Rangers Club
The "ACT Young Rangers Club" is a program for young nature enthusiasts between the ages of 8 and 15 who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the natural environment.
The Club gets together on the third Sunday of each month from 10am-12pm to explore a variety of nature-based topics with local experts. The annual membership fee of $110 includes all monthly activities and a welcome pack to help you get started.
Kids are welcome to come along and give it a try before signing up. Please direct inquiries to:
Jerrabomberra Wetlands for Kids

Resources for home learning
The Wetlands are also providing special home learning resources for children during this time.
Virtual wetlands offers weekly webinars, live virtual classrooms and self-guided STEM learning packages for different age groups aimed at parents home-schooling their children or to be used as a teacher resource.

Visit the Jerrabomberra Wetlands
The Jerrabomberra Wetlands are located at Dairy Road, Fyshwick. Open all year round.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands is a public reserve looked after by the Woodland and Wetland Trust, a not-for-profit organization which also manages Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

Find out more about this wonderful Canberra ecosystem and all its exciting community events and activities by visiting the the Jerrabomberra Wetlands webpage here.

Jerrabomberra Wetlands for Kids
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