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Native Plant Sale Sunday 8 April 2019

Sunday 8 April 2018 - NATIVE PLANT SALE – 10am-noon Southland Community Nursery, 185 Grant Road, Otatara. Contact Brian 2131161 evenings.

Waverley Kindergarten 15 March 2018

An eager busload of Waverley Kindergarten tamariki and adults arrived ready to explore the Southland Community Nursery. After doing a beach clean up at Oreti, their visit to the nursery started with kai time after they had walked through past all the apple trees to the education centre, following the nursery signs with the cabbage tree picture on it.

Exploration of the tunnel and opening the doors to find what lives in our environment and completing the big floor puzzles of the spider, weta and red admiral butterfly proceeded our walk out into the New Zealand native bush. We did the sensory scavenger hunt using our eyes, ears, hands and noses to experience nature. What a wonder to feel the roughness of the Cabbage tree bark and smoothness of the broadleaf. We also spotted lots of things made by insects – spiders webs and holes in leaves. Then it was back on the bus and back to kindergarten for some lunch.


After school potting up – First Session 14 March 2018

For the Otatara school PRIDE award one of the clauses is to pot up 10 native seedlings and maintain them until they are ready to be used in a restoration project. I was approached by a year 6 student, which resulted in the Southland Community Nursery offering an “after school volunteer time” to replicate what we do on a normal volunteer Friday morning – which of course will easily meet the requirements of this award.

We had 9 Otatara school students attend our first session, where we potted up native cabbage tree seedlings, and processed cabbage tree and flax seeds (as to pot up seedlings you have to grow them first from seeds!). It was great to see the students engaged in learning how the community nursery operates and for them to take responsibility for what they are doing during this volunteer time. I am looking forward to our next session.


Bluff School visit – Tuesday 13 February 2018

An excited and enthusiastic group of Bluff schoolchildren came to the Nursery and Education Centre on Tuesday 13 February. After checking out the orchard and its ripening apples and the worm farm, they all helped out with some nursery work “potting” small cabbage tree seedlings and learning about tui and bellbirds liking cabbage tree flowers and berries. The group then had some kai, worked in teams to do the big jigsaws and then went for a “bush walk” around the pond tracks. Using their senses of touch, smell, sight and hearing they enjoyed doing the sensory scavenger hunt. Back at the nursery the children used up any excess energy racing around the circles in the paddock and finding their special native plant at the end of the circles.


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