At Kuaka we actively run & manage reforestation sites. Your students see what's involved in returning marginal farmland & once great wetlands to their natural state. They learn & discuss how we use scientific methods to measure the success for such projects & how these monitoring practices could be 'Taken Home'.
Healthy environments depend on clean water, on trees & on the resources those trees provide and protect.
We focus on how the themes of land stability, water quality & biodiversity relate as key principles in environmental health.
Protecting land from erosion, on steep hillsides & on river banks, protects water sources & minimises sediments. Planting trees in these vulnerable areas slows the water by creating natural barriers & allows the water to soak into, then filter through the soil.
These results can then be measured, both in the growth rates of the trees & by the health of the ecosystems downstream.
Water quality is the best indicator of the health & stability of an ecosystem, change is found in the water.
We focus on water catchment modelling to highlight the interconnections between the sites we visit.
The most important measure of change is the presence of large numbers of different species.
We highlight for students that there is an abundance of life all around them, the health of one species can depend on another & that if we follow natural processes we can restore degraded habitats. We complete multi species surveys, seek out predator / prey relationships & cross reference this measure with minimal sediment & high quality water to be confident of a healthy watershed.