Local schools working together to build native habitats for butterfly populations in the Cities of Cockburn and Fremantle.
Primary schools in the Cities of Cockburn and Fremantle have come together to deliver a local Butterfly Garden Project. In 2019, each participating school will plant a butterfly-host garden to create a habitat corridor for native butterfly species.
In response to state and national calls for a greater focus on STEM and ‘creative thinking’ in schools, South Coogee Primary School initiated the district-wide Butterfly Garden Scheme.
Lyn Beard, Principal of South Coogee Primary school explains, “the Butterfly Garden Project offers purposeful STEM-based learning to the students and produces outcomes that will benefit the broader Cockburn and Fremantle communities.”
While all participating schools are required to establish a butterfly-host garden, the initiative is flexible to allow the project to be customised to individual schools. It will be up to participating schools to decide to what extent this initiative will be integrated into their classroom teachings. For teachers wanting to undertake an in-depth cross-curricula approach, a range of educational resources are available free of charge online
For more information visit the Butterfly Garden Project Website.