On Thursday 13th October we went on the buses to visit Nudgee Environmental Education Centre. We walked and learned on Turrbal Country. Uncle Joe was there and so was his grandson, Charlie. Charlie brought his didgeridoo.
‘Yarma Mullie’ said Uncle Joe. These are Turrbal words for hello and welcome.
Uncle Joe walked along the beach with us. Some bigger kids had made a gunyah on the beach. Uncle Joe said that the gunyah would be covered in paperbark to protect people who lived beside the sea.
We learned about mangroves and cotton trees. He asked us to take care of the mangroves, leave shells on the beach and leave any holes in the sand alone because crabs or other animals had made their homes there. We played on the beach before going back for morning tea.
We got to have a closer look at a blue tongue lizard, hermit crabs, a turtle, stick insects and toad fish. We had to be careful of the toad fish. We were not to touch them or put our hands in the water. We read stories, played puppets and sang the ‘Barramundi song’. Then we got to create with clay with Aunty Chelsea and the team from Jabiru.