This was an opportunity for all 14 participants, mentors and staff to meet at South Coast NRM and gain an understanding of what the program will involve.

The students completed a self-evaluation survey on leadership, self-esteem and cultural knowledge and will complete the same surveys at the end of the program to measure any changes in behaviour and attitude. The morning ended with a teambuilding activity creating traditional mias or kwornts.

The students were broken into two groups and their kworts were judged on look and construction.

This was a good opportunity to see who were the natural leaders and for the students to start thinking about what teamwork involves.

The next stage of the program will be a visit to Albany’s Yakamia Creek Living Stream project, where the students will learn about water sampling for macro-invertebrates, invasive weeds and native plant species.