Last week a small award ceremony was held for teaching staff at the Port Moresby Nature Park following their completion of a two week intensive Zoo educator’s course, conducted by Cyrelle Field from Zoos Victoria, Australia.
The training program focused on the Nature Park’s education department developing new and engaging school excursion programs for school students when visiting the Nature Park during 2014.
During the two weeks, at least one separate program was developed for each grade from prep to grade 12, and in some cases two programs, with each excursion focusing on a particular biology learning outcome that supported the PNG school curriculum syllabus for that learning year.
Regarding the program, Ms Rose Nakikus, supervisor in the dducation department at Port Moresby Nature Park, said: "We have been working exceptionally hard to develop the schools excursion program for NCDC Schools and have seen the program grow significantly from our founding year, last year."
"Our aim is to support teacher’s classroom activities by engaging their student’s in our ‘outdoor classroom’, where students can smell, touch, hear and see the amazing natural world around them."
Last year over 5,500 students participated in the park’s "come explore with us" excursion programs.
This year, the park was anticipating over 11,000 students and as such a number of new qualified biology teachers had been employed to deliver the programs which had already commenced this week with over 300 grade 5 students visiting from Waigani Primary School.
The 2014 schools excursion program is proudly supported by NCDC, PNGLNG, Ela Motors, Pacific MMI, Shoreline Technologies and Zoos Victoria.
School’s interested in the program should contact the Nature Park on 326 1774 / 326 0258. A shuttle bus service is also available to school’s to ensure all school students have the opportunity to visit. Post Courier
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