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Stanley River


We were all excited to see our favourite mode of transport, the double decker bus come to collect us for our excursion to Stanley River Environmental Centre. We started our visit with our morning tea and then we were off! We were split into our three groups. There were three activities: aboriginal games, cooking damper and planting trees. There were some very interesting trees at Stanley River. We saw a lemon myrtle which we all knew about from making soap but there was an actual soap tree. The leaves were green on one side and pale and furry on the other. To wash your hands you just pull a leaf off the tree, add water and scrub.

We also saw a grass tree and we were told that it is possible to make fire with it. Our favourite part of the day was making and eating the damper! Stanley River was beautiful with so many trees, this is because lots of schools have been there and planted trees as well. It was interesting to see how much the other trees had grown in a short time. We were lucky enough to see a koala as well. The BIG message for us today was to understand ways that the local indigenous people the Jinnaburra connected with their land.

By George, Liam S and Miss Carlile.