Bush Ranger Cadets unearth Yanchep’s wonders
At the beginning of April, the JFSC Bush Ranger Cadets went on their first camp for 2019 to Yanchep National Park. Under clear blue skies, when it wasn’t raining, students explored various aspects of the incredible Yanchep National Park, including:
- A session with Yanchep National Park Staff called “Noongar Science” where cadets examined the aerodynamic aspects of tools such as the boomerang, mechanics of a Spear Thrower, the structural engineering qualities of a Mia Mia, and the chemistry behind bush glue. Understandings of European Seasons verses local seasons were also examined where the six Noongar seasons (Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba, Kambarang and Birak)are determined be nature and weather patterns, not by the calendar.
- Went on a guided tour of Crystal Cave. This tour allowed cadets to discover how the caves were formed, how they continue to develop and what human impacts have been on the health and future outlook for the cave system. They also learnt about what is being done to conserve the beautiful cave system for future generations.
- A presentation by Yanchep National Park staff called “Wet to Wood” where cadets learnt about the habitats of local animals such as frogs, tiger snakes, cockatoo and honey possums and how these animals have adapted to the rapid changes in their environment caused by human activity.
This camp was enjoyable and enlightening for all cadets involved. Thank you to the Yanchep National Park Staff for all the fantastic knowledge they shared.
What did the cadets think about camp?
“I enjoyed the food. It was good but basic.”
“I learnt how to set up a tent and to take it down without breaking it.”
“The camp was an eye opener to out surrounding environment, exploring the importance of conservation from a wildlife and tourism perspective”
“I had fun playing soccer, seeing the koala hugging the tree, talking/hanging around with friends and playing UNO.”
“Caves are cool….. Like really cold.”
“It was really fun to throw a boomerang”
“Going on Bush Ranger camp was an experience some students might only be amongst once in their life.”
“My sleep was interrupted by loud wind. I had to hold down the poles. Our tent was broken! :(“
“Being outside in nature and making new friends was the best bit.”
“What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t come back? A stick.”
“So, I had this joke about boomerangs, but then I forgot it. But soon enough, it came back to me!”