Encouraging Wildlife Conservation In Australian Schools through C.H.E.C.K
We are proud to announce the launch of our new C.H.E.C.K. program in partnership with Sydney Zoo. C.H.E.C.K is an in-school project, utilising water towers to focus on Climate, Habitat, Environment and Conserving Koalas.
More about C.H.E.C.K
After the devastating bushfires of 2019/2020, the Science for Wildlife team built and installed water towers in the Blue Mountains region, providing much needed water and food to native wildlife. As part of this program, Sydney Zoo funded and built an additional 80 water towers that were ready for deployment in early 2020.
Thankfully due to a change in weather, high rainfall and natural bush regeneration, the native wildlife did not require additional water sources, so the towers were not deployed. Science for Wildlife and Sydney Zoo worked together to create a program where these water towers wouldn’t go to waste, and this is how C.H.E.C.K came about.
The towers will be available to Australian schools in the Western Sydney, Lower Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury area’s as part of an exciting science investigation. Science for Wildlife and Sydney Zoo will provide information and ongoing support to these schools in order to encourage students to learn more about native wildlife and conservation.
Making Science and Conservation fun in Australian Schools
Schools can now register to have a water tower delivered and installed on campus, providing water to native wildlife in the area. Teachers and students will be able to monitor the progress of the water tower, whilst also learning what types of wildlife live in the area and how the water towers can help sustain their population.
Schools are also able to opt in for a wildlife trail camera to capture footage of native wildlife using the water towers. The findings from this investigation can be shared with the experts at Science for Wildlife and Sydney Zoo.
This program will also provide education opportunities for students around climate change, animal welfare, and the scientific process of data collection and checking for information before making decisions.
After the bushfires, the remaining unburnt habitats for koalas around developed areas and people became even more important. We can’t conserve koalas without community support and action and so we’re delighted to be working with Sydney Zoo on this important schools program, to build conservation stewardship into the future.”– Dr Kellie Leigh, Science for Wildlife CEO
The program includes:
- A teacher toolkit with syllabus links and resources including setting up a scientific investigation to monitor the wildlife that visits your water tower across two terms.
- Instructions for maintenance and monitoring of the water towers
- An optional fundraiser for classes to raise funds for the critical work that Science for Wildlife does for koala conservation. Schools that choose to fundraise will be invited to bring 30 students to Sydney Zoo for a free visit and a special presentation during Threatened Species week (6th-10th September 2021).
- An optional incursion for a Sydney Zoo education officer to visit your school to discuss the project.
For further information on our other projects at Science for Wildlife, visit our projects page here.