Lincoln University Dairy farm Open Days – November 18 & 19, 2017
On Friday November 18 around 280 students from several Canterbury High Schools visited Lincoln University Dairy Farm to find out more about farming and milk production. The Living Water Partnership (Fonterra and DOC) has a focus on Environmental Sustainability in Dairy Farming – that means healthy ecosystems to underpin New Zealand’s environmental health, community well-being and economic prosperity, now and in the future.
Groups of students came along to the Living Water stand and learned about environmental sustainability, biodiversity and the ‘web of life’ – the way everything is connected. Thanks to Mikey who led each group in an interactive activity to find out more about those connections.
Living Water were also there to chat to some of the many thousands of visitors who came along to the Community Open Day on Saturday November 20.
There was also a chance to see the commitment LUDF has made to bringing back some native biodiversity, with several areas of planting around the farm.
Kids Discovery Plantout Day, Lincoln Primary – 18 October, 2016
150 students from Lincoln Primary along with teachers, parents and staff and volunteers from Living Water,Te Ara Kākāriki, Enviroschools, Lincoln University and Waihora Ellesmere Trust, along with Aunty Daphne from Te Taumutu Rūnanga, had a great day out at Ararira Wetland/Yarrs Flat.
Groups of students spent the day planting native trees and shrubs, learning about biodiversity, insects, wetlands though the ages and having a go at traditional weaving of harakeke.
Lincoln Primary School has adopted the reserve as an outdoor classroom and return regularly to add to the native plantings. Smaller groups also visit throughout the year (see the post below for details of their visit in June) to check on the growth of the plants and to monitor biodiversity – they post information about what they find on the Nature Watch NZ site.