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Environmental Excursion to Rio Vista Park

On Thursday July 16th 5/6E walked to Rio Vista Park. The activity was set up by Cath, the Biodiversity Officer at MRCC and she taught us what to do. We had to look at the factors that would effect the growth of the plants and find the evidence like tracks and droppings. We had to tally how many plants were dead or completely gone. We then had to replace them  with new ones, put plastic sleeves over the plants to protect them from rabbits and insert 3 stakes to support the plastic sleeve. It was pretty fun!

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RIO VISTA PARK

5/6E went to Rio Vista Park to look at the risks and the factors that affect the growth of plants. We got to plant some new plants because they had disappeared. This could have been because of rabbits, humans and even birds. We replaced many of the trees and we all did a good job. Thank you to Ms Hogan and Mrs. Vorwerk for taking us and Cath for helping us learn about what threatens plants.

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Helping at Rio Vista Park

When our class went to Rio Vista Park with Mrs. Vorwerk we checked for plants that were missing and tried to work out why. We did some digging and planting of new trees as well. When we got back to school it was home time.

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Rio Vista Park

On Thursday 16th July we went to Rio Vista Park. We looked at the risks of planting plants at the Rio Vista. Then we replaced plants that had gone missing or were dead and then planted new plants. Mrs. Vorwerk and Ms. Hogan took us.  Catherine from MRCC provided us with tools and the plants we needed. We planted two plants each. We had to put a MRCC plastic plant cover around the plants using three stakes to support the cover and keep it up. We put the covers on to keep animals such as rabbit out!

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Rio Vista Park 16th July 2009

Our class walked to Rio Vista Park on July 16th. When we got there a lady called Catherine told us what we were going to do. She said we were going to collect some data and to do this we had to walk around and see where the plants were missing and why they were missing  and after that we got to do the fun part. We walked around and found some places to plant trees and we dug the holes. We worked in a team, St. Ares, Connor and I. St Ares did the digging, while Connor and I did the planting. We had to put a green plastic cover over the plant so that the rabbits dis.t eat them. We walked back to school after that.

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Checking plants at Rio Vista Park!

On July 16th, 5/6E visited Rio Vista Park. We looked at the factors that would affect plant growth. We planted trees in the spots that they were gone and we needed a plant,  three stakes, a plastic cover and a spade. We had to wear safety vests as well. My group used a mini shovel to dig the hole to put the tree in. We all had fun. Catherine helped us to learn about her job and the equipment she uses. We had to plant the trees where others had died or had been uprooted. 

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Rio Vista Data Monitoring

We went to Rio Vista Park to look at the dangers that might stop a plant from growing such as rabbits and other things. We were in groups, were given a clipboard and went around and observed the dangers. My group found there were two plants on the ground. They had fallen over and it would have been easy for someone to step on them. We fixed the plants up so they were standing up again. Then we went back and picked up a shovel, gloves and a plant. Our group planted one new plant each. It was a really fun excursion.

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What is a riparian zone?

A riparian zone is an area within 90 metres of the river. It stops all the litter from going into the river. Did you know that riparion zones are called the lungs of the river? AND… Did you know Rio Vista Park is a riparian zone?  That’s why we need to think about dogs being on leads.

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How to treat Riparian zones…

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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?