As part of their school holiday program, the West Coast Fossil Park offers interesting workshops and activities for kids. Staff and volunteers participating in our Community Volunteer Program were recently involved with their Shark Day – a wonderful way to increase environmental awareness amongst the next generation.
We spent a couple of days prior to the Shark Day workshop with Wendy Wentzel at the Fossil Park preparing our lecture, presentation and shark activities. Activities included cutting out shark hats for the kids to colour, assemble and put on their heads. We had egg cases for the kids to identify which had been collected by our volunteers from local beaches. We recorded these, then prepared a few sandpits and hid some egg cases and bones inside the sand to create a mock beach.
Our pre- and post-surveys with the learners allowed us to see how much they knew and had learnt about sharks and egg cases before and after our lecture and activities.
What a pleasure to work with children who were so engaged, well behaved and disciplined. We had no problem receiving their cooperation on any of the activities that we did. The day turned out to be such fun, we even joined in the hat making!