Penbank Campus – Woodleigh School – VIC
Students from Woodleigh School Penbank Campus on the Mornington Peninsula have swapped the classroom for the creek, through their involvement with Balcombe Moorooduc Landcare Group’s Balcombe Creek Habitat Project. The project, led by local Landcare member Tony O’Connor, aims to foster strong connections between the students and their natural environment. A day at school can involve researching, designing and creating habitat for indigenous fauna along a section of the Balcombe Creek at Mt Martha. Students start by researching the habitat requirements of their chosen species. This knowledge is reinforced with hands-on learning through habitat creation. Habitats include frog bogs; lizard lounges; nestboxes for birds, possums and bats; logs for bush rats; and bug hotels.