The Trust, working through the Whitford Wild Bird Care Centre, is establishing information/education programmes aimed at Kindgarten and Intermediate School students, as well as community groups who are interested in the work that we do. Some local schools and community groups have already visited the centre over the past few years and from the feedback have had a wonderful time and have learnt a lot.
Several students doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award and a number of Unitec Veterinary Nurse Students who are required to spend time in a wildlife facility have volunteered at the centre and this is encouraged.
Below is a list of some of the schools and groups that have visited us:
- Local community groups i.e. Probus
- Local retirement homes
- Girl Guides and Brownies
- Schools: below are some comments from school children
Willowbank Primary School
- 150 students with teachers and parents over 3 days
"Thank you for letting us come and see your birds. I loved the Pukeko. The Pukeko and I played tag, I got away first! I went on a bird hunt and I found 21 birds, now that is a lot!" From Hamish
"Thank you for letting us come to the bird rescue centre and touch the duckling. I loved seeing the black swan and doing the hunt. I liked listening to the bird songs." Love from Jaden
"Thank you for letting us have a look at the birds. Had lots of fun and I liked the bit when we got to pat the duck." From Evan
"Thank you for letting us look at the ambulance place. I liked the pukeko that wanted to catch peoples shoe laces." Love from Wei-Bin Chung
"Thank you for letting us come and see the birds, my favourite thing was hunting for birds. The bird I saw the most were Tuis they were so cute. I wish I could visit you another time." From Zeena
The students made up an information board:
St Cuthberts College
The year 10’s are regular visitors coming and helping on a monthly basis and last year the year 10’s had a year end math’s paper based on the Centre.
Somerville Special School
"Thank you for such an informative visit. The students had a lovely time and learned a lot. Mickey is obviously able to pitch at their level and went to so much trouble to make the learning exciting. I hope we will be able to help in some way in the future. We are busy working on our module and have some very nice photos to show. Students have enjoyed writing about their experience as well. Thanks to everyone who helped. Everyone has been able to recall the feeding of Henry."
“I enjoyed seeing the Guinea Fowl, he was very noisy,” said Troy. “We saw a Morepork who had flown into a window and got injured.”