Friday, July 22, 2016

On Wednesday 20th of July, Sixteen pre-schoolers from Minischool and their teachers went on an excursion to The Norfolk Island National Park’s Botanic Garden to meet the giant green parrot. We met our honorary rangers of the day Craig and Angie who took us on a boardwalk tour of the native and endemic species of flora and fauna throughout the gardens.

We looked up to see the tops of the Norfolk Island pine trees, smelled the fresh rainforest and felt the temperature cool under the canopy of trees. We discovered fungi on logs after the recent rain and listened for bird calling to each other. On the trip to the Discovery centre we saw the live broadcast over at Philip Island and saw a bird that is sadly now extinct.

This Craig explained why the National parks are so important and we agree that we are so lucky to have them on Norfolk Island so our friendly park rangers can protect our green parrot and plants that are only found here on Norfolk Island for many, many years to come.

At the end of our tour we finished with a yummy sausage sizzle on top of the discovery centre roof with its amazing view over the tree ferns up to Mt. Pitt. When we got back to Minischool (after a side trip to Cascade to watch the Norfolk Guardian unloading the new Police Cruiser), we got to colour in a picture of our beautiful native green parrot.

What a fantastic, educational day right in our backyard, we are so lucky to have so many local discoveries here on Norfolk Island.

Thanks again Craig and Angie, we had a fabulous time! Love from the Minischoolers.

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