Going ‘fungi-mental’ in classroom

SELF-confessed “fungi-mentalists” the Kilmister family – David, Julie, son Douglas and daughter Caitlin –are at home in the outdoors.

Mrs Kilmister has always lived “out bush” and although her husband was city born-and-bred, he’s embraced country living.

“We love nature, as well as fungi,” Mrs Kilmister said.

“We’ve got natives planted around our home and enjoy looking after them.”

On Sunday, much to the joy of the family, they found a pocket of Devil’s Stinkhorns while weeding.

“Caitlin was the most excited and said ‘It really smells’,” Mrs Kilmister said.

Bushwalking is a favourite pastime, and she said the beautiful classroom is wonderful for children.

“A half-hour walk can easily turn into an hour,” she said.

“It’s about making learning interesting and teaching them to respect nature.

“They get excited when they see something new and there’s a bit of competition for who saw it first.”

Mrs Kilmister would love to see more people taking time to experience the Gladstone surrounds.

“People should appreciate our natural environment. And you don’t have to go far, everything’s in Gladstone. There’s the marina, duck ponds, the bush — it’s not just big industries.”



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