My experience

I absolutely loved my experience with the cuttings because I absolutely loooove plants. I have always wanted to know how to plant flowers and when I went over there to do my cuttings some of the plants I didn’t even know. So I am very happy that I learnt how to plant and now I can plant at home in my little garden that my Mum and I have  made.




Clean up Rio Vista Park Thursday 28th February

The Mildura Rural City Council chose 5L to clean up the Rio Vista Park. We went on February 28th. Before we went we went to the Science Room to get a fluoro vest to put on so if we get lost we will be found easily. My vest  was really long on me. When the bus came we got on and said bye to the others. When we got there two very kind people from the MRCCl told us their names: Sam and Terry. They told us how rubbish gets onto the ground and I learnt that an aluminium can takes over one million years to disintegrate in the ground. Then we had to get tongs and gloves to clean up. We had to find the most unusal bits of rubbish. My group found a pizza box and a bit of paper from the Adelaide Zoo. When we finished we realised that we made a big difference to the Park!


At Rio Vista Park …helping the environment!

Picking up rubbish at Rio Vista Park to help the community helped make this area look better. I had a fantasic group with Oscar, Caleb, Jack and I. We were all adventuring through the amazing park.We found most unusual things such as a toothbrush, a helmet, a gas cylinder and lots of rubbish. When then went for a walk to look for more rubbish and things that you can recycle. When we were walking we found a bee hive structure with our Mildura West logo on the sign. Overall our goal was to make Rio Vista a better place for everyone to visit!.


Going to Rio Vista Park

I enjoyed going to Rio Vista Park on Thursday. There was a lot of interesting items that were waiting to be picked up. Hannah found a pizza box. Chloe and I found a paper bag that said ‘Adelaide Zoo’ on it. I believe we made quite a diffrence to the Park and I hope to go again someday soon.


What 5L did at Rio Vista Park on Thursday 28th Feb!

We were picking up bits and pieces of rubbish and anything else that was lying around that wasn’t meant to be there. My group and I had lots of fun searching around Rio Vista Park for rubbish to help keep the commuity looking nice and clean. We found lots of stuff that we didn’t expect to be there: we found a stubbie holder, a pizza box, two lighters and mulitple glass bottles. And by the time we had finished Rio Vista Park was much cleaner and there was less rubbish than when we got there.


My Excursion to Rio Vista Park and the Belar Nursery

Today is the 8th of September. Last Thursday my class and I wenr to Rio Vista Park and the Belar Nursery.

At Rio Vista Park we got into groups of two and had to get five cuttings from five different native plants and put them in bags with pieces of paper that have a bit of information on it about the plant. My partner was Meryem. We then went to Belar Nursery to plant the cuttings. We used special root starter gel to make sure our plants survived. I hope I can plant some of them next year.


Rio Vista Park and Belar Nursery

Last Thursday 5/6A went to Rio Vist Park to take cuttings from native plants then take them to Belar Nursery. When we got there we had our lunch then took bags and secateurs to cut the plants. We also had to write down and describe the plants we had taken the cuttings from. Nick and Harry played hide and seek in high visibility fluoro yellow jackets. Cooper and Kayne found a sculpture called Beehive. We thought it was a real beehive, but it was not.
[The Beehive’ is a 3.5 metre high sculpture by Vlase Nikoleski hidden in the trees at Rio Vista Park. Check out the website as follows:]

When we got to Belar Nursery my group had a tour of the Nursery. First we walked around the site and looked at all the different plants. Then we went into the glasshouse and Cath turned on the sprinklers and we got wet. Then we took our cuttings, pulled off the base leaves, dipped them in growth gel, then planted them in small black pots and then we put them on a tray. We put the trays of cuttings  in the glasshouse.

Next year hopefully these will be planted on National Trees Day at Rio Vista Park.  I had lots of fun.


Rio Vista Park Excursion

On the Thursday the 1st of September, we travelled by bus to the Rio Vista Park to collect trimmings from different plants. We all got into partners and got 5 plastic bags, secateurs, pens and a notepad. When we found a plant, we cut 5 cuttings that were all the same length as our finger, and put them in a bag. We took some notes about what they looked like and if we knew what they were called. Then we had to find 4 more different plants and do the same.
When everyone had some trimmings, we jumped back on the bus and went to the Belar Nursery.

At the Belar Nursery we got separated into two groups. One group went into the glass house and saw how the water automatically turned on and off. They also had a tour around the nursery.

The other group planted the cuttings. We hope that they will all survive and can be planted at Rio Vista Park or Johnson’s Bend in 2012.


Rio Vista Park

On the first of this month we went to Rio Vista Park and cut 5 cuttings of different species of native plants and tried to name them. We also predicted what we thought they would turn out like. We put them in separate plastic ziplock bags and jumped on the bus. Then we travelled to the Belar Nursery to plant our plants. We split into two different groups and one group went on an adventure with Cath around the Nursery, and the other group planted  their cuttings. We used this special root gel to help the plants grow roots.


Rio Vista Park

We travelled to Rio Vista Park on the 1st Septenber. We took some cuttings and we got 5 cuttings from 5 different native plants and put them in separate bags. We had to present what the plants looked like and then when we finished collecting them all, we went to the Belar Nursery.

Then we chopped some bits out from the plants and we planted them in little pots. Before we planted the cuttings we poked a little hole in the centre of the soil and we put some special gel on the plant’s roots to help them grow. Then we went in the greenhouse and the water turned on by itself so when the plants feel dry it waters them with the sprinklers.


Litter Control Student Action Team 2011

Thank you to the students of 5/6D that were happy to have our group of pre-service teachers from Latrobe University along with you while you undertook such an important role in the ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ activities at Rio Vista Park. It was fantastic to see you all willing to get down and dirty to make a positive impact in your own community. It was great to see the willingness to keep this beautiful country of ours litter free.
Keep up the good work guys, and remember, Every little bit helps!


Socks sow weed seeds!


Now that spring has arrived, gardeners all over Australia are getting out their spades and putting on their gloves to clear any weeds that have sprouted in their veggie patch during winter.


Yet a bigger problem lurks over the back fence. As with our gardens, our national parks can suffer from nasty weeds. And unfortunately, our socks could be helping to spread them.


Put simply, any plant can be a weed, depending on whether you like where it happens to be growing.


Our national parks serve to protect native plants and animals. Many introduced species create problems by competing with native plants for resources, poisoning wildlife or choking waterways.

Eradicating them is tough work, especially if their seeds are carried into new habitats.

Most bushwalkers are people who love nature, so it might come as a surprise to them that their walks could be helping to spread weeds.

Can seeds be carried on a person’s clothing?


A researcher has found that 40 per cent of seeds can be dispersed by clothing.

The thicker, fluffier hiking socks that keep our feet comfortable on long walks carried the most seeds. Surprisingly the researcher found, a quarter of the seeds that attached themselves stayed on board even after five kilometres of hiking.


So what can we do about it?

Wearing light trousers reduced the amount of seeds carried by 17 per cent, while thinner, cotton/nylon sports style socks also reduced the load. This means covering our socks with the right material could make all the difference.


Importantly, as tempting as it is to pick the burrs out of our clothes, it might be better to leave them in and clean them once we get home.

Just be careful about what you do with those seeds!


5/6E off to Rio Vista Park

Our class and Mrs. Vorwerk went to Rio Vista Park and met Catherine who talked to us about what threatens plants. My group of three was Ethan, Keith and I. We had to so a survey to see if there were any plants missing and work out why. We looked for evidence of rabbits, humans taking the plants and animals just pushing the plants over or nibbling them. After that we had to plant two plants each. It will be interesting to see if they survive.


How to treat Riparian zones…


A riparian zone is an area up to 30-80m away from a river.
So what things should we do in a Riparian Zone? What things shouldn’t we do?
Instead of saying what things we should do then what things we shouldn’t, let’s compare them.

In most Riparian Zones we are allowed to walk our dogs. This does not mean that if a dog does it’s business we can just leave it there. We need to clean up after our dog, not only in Riparian Zones, but wherever you walk your dog. Otherwise dog poop gets in the river and can cause blue green algae which is toxic to humans.Dégagement

Secondly, we must not litter in a riparian zone. Not only can this effect the trees and other things in the environment, it winds up in our rivers causing the water to become contaminated.

The MRCC has not made a decision about whether dogs should be on a leash in public places except at Apex Beach. Rio Vista Park is a riparian zone and that would be a good idea to have dogs on leashes so that the dog poop does not end up in the Murray River.

We need to do something about this issue. What would you do?



April 10th:
1.30pm Year 5/6B set off to Rio Vista Park
1.50pm Arrived at Rio Vista Park and met Melanie and Kath from the Mildura Rural City Council
1.55pm Melanie told us about many different types of weeds: for example woody and noxious weeds. She also talked about ways to remove weeds including chemical removal.
Sometimes a weed is not a weed and this depends on the location. Can anyone explain what this means?
There is also biological weed control and that is very interesting. In Sunraysia we have a weed called Bridle Creeper that has had two different biological controls, the leaf hopper and rust and now they are going to try something else.
2.30pm Walked to the Mildura Lawn Tennis Courts at the end of Rio Vista Park and were shown how to remove a boxthorn woody weed using a chemical wand.
2.40pm Collection of different types of weeds to press and photograph so that we can make an identification record.
2.55pm Given a Weedbuster Certificate – we learnt a lot about weeds and their removal.

Can you write a post to explain more about our excursion to Rio Vista Park especially how weeds got there in the first place?
What is a noxious weed?
Why did they introduce biological control for the bridle creeper?
What do you know about other biological controls? For example the cane toad? Why was it introduced into Australia