Year 10 Outdoor Education – Barmah Forest
Over two weeks, 70 Year 10 students have undertaken a journey through the Barmah Forest near Echuca to conclude their study of inland river environments, which has been a significant focus of this semester in Outdoor Education.
The Barmah trip involves the students and staff traveling self-sufficiently for three days through the forest, both on foot and with canoes, along the Murray River. Goulburn-Murray Water have flooded sections of the forest in line with the historic, but controversial, Murray-Darling Basin Plan to provide the water that the red gum forest ecosystem requires to flourish.
The forest really was alive with growth and activity, and we were fortunate to spot a wide variety of animals including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, owls, emus, goannas, echidnas, snakes, and many species of birds including Sacred Kingfishers, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Nankeen Night Herons. Of particular note were the close encounters with brumbies which, although they are a feral species in that environment, are majestic to observe running wild.
For a bushwalker, though, the flooded forest meant wet feet, muddy socks and very difficult navigation – all challenges the students accepted and overcame with persistence and good humour. These trips were true highlights of our year and we want to thank all the Year 10 Outdoor Education students for their enthusiasm and for creating such great memories for each other.
Mr David Evans, Mrs Jane Smith, Mr Louis Gross and Miss Holly Randall
Outdoor Education Teachers