The Cadets WA River Rangers program has expanded outside of Perth for the first time.
The program has opened in the Kimberley and will operate at Warlawurru Catholic School in Halls Creek and John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic School in Mulan.
River Rangers started in 2010 with five primary schools taking part in a pilot program in the Swan-Canning catchment area. Funded by the Department of Local Government and Communities and coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, it is part of the Cadets WA program which receives $3.6 million annual funding.
Students get up close to the natural environment, taking part in river-based activities including tree planting, litter pick-ups, bird and bat box building, biodiversity surveys and water quality testing.
Warlawurru Catholic School is a primary school on the outskirts of Halls Creek in the East Kimberley. The school services the local Lunja Community and other areas of Halls Creek and has about 50 students.
John Pujajangka-Piyirn Catholic School is in the remote Mulan Aboriginal Community, about 300km south of Halls Creek.
There are now 15 River Rangers units operating in Western Australian primary schools and more than 700 students taking part.