Creek Critters holiday workshops

Did you know that the small creatures in our streams aren’t only very interesting; they can tell us a story about how healthy the water coming from our towns and farms is?

Learn how to read that story, and have a fun time catching bugs with the kids while you are at it! How? By coming along to MidCoast Water’s Creek Critters school holiday workshops.

Bugs are fun to catch, whatever your age and the creek critters workshops are a great way to discover the variety of things that live in our waterways.

“Water bugs are special because they keep our water clean and are food for so many things, such as platypuses,” MidCoast Water’s Waterwatch coordinator Kirsty Hughes explained.

Two workshops will be held during the April holidays, the first at Kings Creek Retreat Krambach on Monday April 14 and the second in Gloucester District Park on Thursday April 17. Both events will start at 10am and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshops are part of the Manning Great Lakes Waterwatch program which also includes water quality monitoring for volunteers and catchment education.

The workshops will involve plenty of hands on activities.

“We will be using dip nets and turning over rocks to catch the bugs and those we find will tell us the story of the waterway.

“Different water bugs can handle different levels of pollution, so what we find will tell us a story about how polluted the water may be,” Kirsty said.

Equipment is provided, however numbers are limited so those interested in participating are asked to register as soon as possible.

Participants are asked to bring gumboots, sun protection and drinking water – and if you are an adult with an interest, children or grandchildren are not essential, just come along and learn.

Registration can be done by contacting MidCoast Water’s Waterwatch coordinator Kirsty Hughes on 6592 4830 or emailing waterwatch@midcoastwater.com.au

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