Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens visitor services officer Alexis Smith (left), Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun mascot Frankie the Frog and Queensland Alumina Limited specialist media and communications officer Chris Schultz  launch Lessons in the Garden.
Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens visitor services officer Alexis Smith (left), Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun mascot Frankie the Frog and Queensland Alumina Limited specialist media and communications officer Chris Schultz launch Lessons in the Garden. Contributed

Tondoon Gardens take school lessons outdoors

TONDOON Botanic Gardens has celebrated the launch of its newly redesigned educational program Lessons in the Gardens.

The program will provide teachers with unique lesson plans and resources that will allow them to transform Tondoon Botanic Gardens into their own outdoor classroom.

The lessons will utilise various areas of the gardens, allowing students and teachers to explore and learn in areas they may not have seen before.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said that while Tondoon had had a similar program in the past, the newly designed lessons had been created by local teachers to ensure their alignment with the national curriculum.

The program is a collaboration between council, local teachers and program sponsors Rio Tinto Alcan.

Rio Tinto Alcan community relations manager Jeremy Hastings said the program would be a welcome addition to the region, allowing students to experience nature first-hand.

"Rio Tinto Alcan and QAL is proud to be part of this fantastic interactive program which will teach Gladstone's next generation about local ecosystems and the importance of protecting our environment," Mr Hastings said.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for students to visit Tondoon Botanic Gardens and learn about the environment by walking through, touching and breathing in the natural surroundings.

 

The lessons are available for early childhood and primary school students across the region starting at the end of January.



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