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World Wetlands Day Celebration at the Lagoon

Published on Apr 3, 2015

Saturday 31st January was a great day to celebrate wetlands in Marlborough. Over 100 people turned up interested in a kayak trip on the water, with many also interested in participating in the restoration around the lagoon by signing up to join in the working bees. The working bees are held every 6 weeks to restore the wetland and lagoon native vegetation, which in turn restores habitat for native wildlife.

The ‘Mystery Activities’ offered on Saturday were a scavenger hunt to entice visitors along the Steam Wharf Track, as well as

‘Happy World Wetland Day’ cards that involved  leaf rubbings, and fish prints. If you didn’t get along to the celebration, and haven’t done a fish print lately, they really are fun! With a fish, some paint of your

choice and a piece of paper or card, the fun starts and you end up with something quite special  - a particularly effective way to  engage children in the life that is under the water surface. Making fish prints was a huge hit on Saturday, and many happy faces left with their works of art and stories to share with their family and friends.

Many thanks to Department of Conservation staff and their special volunteers for organizing all these creative activities. Thanks also to all the other volunteers who made the day run so well, both by preparations beforehand, and help during the event.

Very special thanks must go to Bruce Petrie and the Nativity Scouts for the use of the kayaks and all the associated equipment. Bruce and the Nativity Scout organization have strongly supported this event at Grovetown Lagoon for several years, and several hundred people have had the opportunity to enjoy the lagoon from the water because of this support. On Saturday  the large numbers meant an extra trip was added to the programme! A great day, in a special place.

See you there next year!

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