Students enriched by old and new knowledge
A Learning on Country program involving Yirralka rangers and Yirrkala Homeland School created a learning environment linking nature, culture and community.
The program involved recording biodiversity and the impact of feral animals at Boruwuy, Gangan and Bukudal, with Macquarie University ecologist Dr Emilie Ens, also notable for her involvement in an ecological study with 25 Ngukurr School students.
The scientist has an interest in Indigenous natural and cultural resource management, plant and invasion ecology.
Principal Leon White said the melding of Western science and traditional culture creates a rich integrated learning experience for the students.
The trips provided students with opportunities to complete the fauna recognition, and plant and animal observation and recording parts of their Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.