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A Free Family Event That Proves Science Can Be Fun
For those who haven't yet discovered it, the Canning River Eco-Education Centre is one of Perth's most dynamic environmental centres. Located in the beautiful Canning River Regional Park, it serves the purpose of educating the wider community about all things related to Perth's unique natural environment, and throughout the year hosts a wide variety of activities such as local conservation meetings, school holiday programs and environmental education programs for school groups. From time to time larger festivals and events are also held, and this Sunday the centre will be the venue for the SERCUL Scent of Science Community Science and Sustainability Expo, to celebrate the conclusion of National Science Week.
Science often possesses an unfortunate reputation of being a 'hard' and 'boring' subject at school, a fact which scares many students away from studying it at an advanced level. However, such a perspective is far from true. National Science Week aims to change this deep-seated prejudice by educating the community about just how much fun science can be as well as the numerous exciting career opportunities which arise from possessing an understanding of its various fascinating sub-branches.
The SERCUL Scent of Science Community Science and Sustainability Expo is one of the many exciting events held throughout Perth during National Science Week. One branch of science that directly affects all of us is horticulture, the practice of cultivating plants for human use. As plants produce the majority of our food, and home food gardening is currently undergoing a massive resurgence in popularity, it's good to know that Chris Ferreira from the Forever Project will be at the Expo, sharing some of his Great Gardens tips.
During his presentations, Chris will provide Expo visitors with heaps of valuable information about creating healthy, productive home gardens that defy Perth's sandy soils and scorching summers. Topics that he'll address will include soil improvement, how to deal with water repellency, the importance of mulching, composting secrets and efficient irrigation techniques. Of course, there will be so much more as well, and if you have any specific questions relating to your own gardening project, he'll be more than happy to give you a few pointers.
In conclusion, if you love science, gardening or both, be sure to head to the Canning River Eco-Education centre on Sunday 18th August for the SERCUL Community Science and Sustainability Expo. SERCUL stands for South Eastern Regional Centre for Urban Landcare, and the theme for their event this year is the Scent of Science. To explore the many and varied smells of science and nature, and for loads of free family fun, this is one event that definitely shouldn't be missed.