is from a town near Dusseldorf in
Germany. She applied for and was accepted via an national scholarship to
come to South Africa and work with Mark Arendse teaching environmental
education, which is her interest.
We welcome her to the "family" and will follow her stay at the reserve with interest.
The new family: Mark, Corinna, Cassy, Marisa, Romeo, Eddie.
My first lesson with Steenberg Primary.
We are I am
improving and updating the broschures of Zandvlei playing a name game with
hoping more schools may visit.
Corinna participated in the Do-it-Day at the Nature Reserve which ZVT helped co-ordinated. Volunteers from schools, hospitals, local residents came to help the Reserve staff.
Corinna tieing up a bag chatting to other volunteers ......and pulling out vicia (exotic invassive plant).
Making dreamcatchers with the
Steenberg Primary Demonstrating an olive house
snake to the Rustenberg
Canoeing in the Marina canals with the Zerilda class. Learning about the importance of bird ringing.
Zerilda Primary pupils doing a mini
SASS. We collected
Painting the EEC.
Here I am taming the new little Corn Snake by handling
The beautiful Corn Snake.
Markings on the underside.
Catching grasshoppers for the Western Leopard
In December 2009 Corinna discussed the idea with Mark of building a recycling station at the Environmental Education Centre (EEC). This would become part of the education process and be a drop off station for children visiting, and importantly adults living in the neighbourhood to bring their recyclable waste. The staff all helped and it was soon completed with materials which were found and reused into the station. The "timber cover panels" are made from recycled plastic.
The site selected and the holes dug.
Cutting the poles to size.
The frame is up.
The three bags for the sorted materials labelled and clearly identified.
The Team and the reward of the effort.
The first load off to the recycling depot.
Year end party at Tweede Tol in Bains
Kloof. Cassy made them
Three-Leg-Race on the Nature Conservation Sports Day with Marisa.
World Wetlands Week 1st Feb - 5th Feb 2010.
Photos from 2nd February 2010.
Waiting for the others to catch up.
Corinna explaining how wetlands work
to filter and clean
Photos from 5th February 2010.
Children just arriving from the
station. The excitment and expectation
Corinna introducing herself to the
pupils / learners and explaining
Explaining about Cormorants and
Darters two bird species sitting
One of the indoor lessons Corinna explaining some of the creatures that live in in a wetland and their importance.
Listening to questions.
Corinna telling the children about the birds at Zandvlei.
The water project with Levana Primary Grade 7. We cut letters out of old plastic bottles and made rainproofed signboard to say, for instance:
We fixed these signboards next to the canals, where the class observed a lot of pollution.
We received feedback about these sign
Carinna developed the "mind map" about the huge human impacts on the environment for EEC.
Organogram diagrams showing how we humans effect the natural environment.
The new boardwalk at the entrance of Zandvlei which Corinna built from plastic timber.
Taking water samples with Margit around Zandvlei in the Marina canals.
Some results from the Steenberg Primary EE Club. The beautiful dreamcatchers and....
.......the poster about litter and recycling.
At the Biodiversity Expo at Kirstenbosch Botanical
Signing the pledge.
The code we will uphold by being Green
Ambassadors and living
City of Cape Town Nature Reserves had a stand
at the Biodiversity
The newspaper article about Recycling and the new
Our lizard project. We checked pitfalls three time a day and
we are working in
cooperation with SANBI. The researchers were measuring the Knoxii lizards
and clipping the tail for DNA samples.
The Steenberg Primary EE Club project
making paper pulp out
The deal I have with them is they
bring me the old newspaper
Making paper pulp.
Colouring in the pictures.
Sticking the pictures on the frame.
Some of the results from the class, drying in the sun.
I am putting flyers in the
post boxes of local residents in the Marina da Gama.
The Steenberg Primary EE Club had a combined lesson on the Western
This is a game played on the large
EE in front of the recycling station
with the Heathfield Pimary School.
After a heavy rainfall we cleaned the overflowing littertrap at the
Making the footprints.
These pictures were from the Steenberg Primary School EE Club lesson. It was all about the Carbon footprint. First we discussed carbon dioxide, the hot house effect, global warming and climate change. Because I wanted to give them as much background information as possible, that they extacly know, why it is so good to save electricity.
In the end they could make their own Footprint and wrote inside, what they do and use, which produces carbon dioxide. We discussed what we can do to improve and decrease our carbon dioxide footprint. I combined the theoretcial part with the interactive part, so they get to know and learn that this is not something distant or remote, but also part of their lives.
Look at this BIG footprint!! Writing in the footprints.
Water hyacinth removal (alien water weed).
My new and last project: Signboards in the reserve about the most important statements, we want to give to the learners visiting us.
All made from recycled materials.
Below, are pictures at my last Bird count. I always enjoyed it.
In the beginning it was hard work to learn all these species, but I was surprised how easy it is, when you are really interested. In the end I was amazed by all the behaviour and habits the different birds have.
Giant Kingfisher . Night Heron. Blackshouldered Kite.
I will miss the biodiversity of birds, when I am not here anymore.
The pictures below come from Corinna back home in Germany. They were taken on her last day at the office. A traditional potjie (cast iron, 3 legged pot, placed over wood coals to cook the food), was enjoyed at the farewell lunch time by all her Zandvlei Nature Reserve family.
Corinna and Eddie making the potjie. Corinna and Eddie fooling around and having fun.
Sitting down to lunch outside the office. Corinna made this keep sake for her Zandvlei family.
Corinna, Eddie, Cassy, Margit and Mark.