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.

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At the first exhibit Rob Fryer explained what biodiversity is.

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Shirley Volkwyn then described how we classify organisms.

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John Cowan told the story of water from catchment to coast and the negative impact humans have on scarce water resources.

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Pat Miller described why fynbos is so highly diverse and well adapted to poor soil, drought and fire.

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Edith Henn of CapeNature explained why African Penguins are endangered birds and what is being done to conserve them and our avian biodiversity.

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Sandiso Magaqa, WESSA intern at Overstrand Municipality, highlighted the marine biodiversity of a kelp bed.

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Sometimes a little fellow just needs a hand up to see the big picture in marine biodiversity. Anina Lee obliged.

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No, not sleepy – just listening intently to the frog calls played by Denfred Bruintjies.

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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.

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Lindy Warren illustrated the consequences of careless human actions and explored ways of reducing our impact on our biodiversity.

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Stories on biodiversity written by Stripes the Eco Cat informed and amused the learners. Anina Lee read the stories on Stripes’ behalf.image (12)

Learners found the expo fascinating.

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Educators were positive about the innovative exhibits that connected classroom learning to real life.

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Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Text and photos provided by Dr Anina Lee of Whale Coast Conservation.