On 7 May 2015 Whale Coast Conservation presented its Schools Expo in Stanford. Over 500 learners from Okkie Smuts and Die Bron Primary Schools were guided through the 11 exhibits on biodiversity.
At the first exhibit Rob Fryer explained what biodiversity is.
Shirley Volkwyn then described how we classify organisms.
John Cowan told the story of water from catchment to coast and the negative impact humans have on scarce water resources.
Pat Miller described why fynbos is so highly diverse and well adapted to poor soil, drought and fire.
Edith Henn of CapeNature explained why African Penguins are endangered birds and what is being done to conserve them and our avian biodiversity.
Sandiso Magaqa, WESSA intern at Overstrand Municipality, highlighted the marine biodiversity of a kelp bed.
Sometimes a little fellow just needs a hand up to see the big picture in marine biodiversity. Anina Lee obliged.
No, not sleepy – just listening intently to the frog calls played by Denfred Bruintjies.
Sheraine van Wyk explained how a citizen-science frog and water quality monitoring project with learners from Okkie Smuts Laerskool helped to identify problems with water pollution in Stanford.
Lindy Warren illustrated the consequences of careless human actions and explored ways of reducing our impact on our biodiversity.
Stories on biodiversity written by Stripes the Eco Cat informed and amused the learners. Anina Lee read the stories on Stripes’ behalf.
Learners found the expo fascinating.
Educators were positive about the innovative exhibits that connected classroom learning to real life.
Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.
Text and photos provided by Dr Anina Lee of Whale Coast Conservation.