Project In-situ is a highly successful community conservation program that involves school children engaging with their local community to take action in helping to save a locally threatened species.
Past Project In-situ programs have included Little Penguins of Manly, Booroolong Frogs of Tumbarrumba, Regent Honeyeaters of the Capertee Valley and Chiltern and Platypus in the Western Regions. Students are challenged to create awareness and behavior change in their local community. They will visit Taronga and hear from Zoo and community experts, such as the Council and community volunteers. This helps students learn about the current actions for the animal’s recovery and how the community could help if they are aware of these problems.
Current projects include:
- Project Penguin: Delivered in partnership with the Northern Beaches Learning Alliance, this program has been a part of the Manly community for over 10 years. Student participants undertake a range of activities aiming to increase their knowledge of the Little Penguins, threats to the colony and positive actions they and the community can take to protect the species.
- Project In-situ Feathertail Glider: Delivered in partnership with the CEO Broken Bay dioceses and Northern Beaches Council, this program supports students to develop their knowledge on Feathertail Glider biology, habitat creation, Aboriginal histories and cultures, sustainable behaviours and communication techniques. High school participants also provide leadership to their primary school counterparts.
Many other projects have been and are being implemented across NSW, to the benefit of local species and student learning.