The Wheatbelt Science Trail was officially launched by Hon. Darren West MLC on the 25th August 2017 at Northam Visitors Centre.
The development of the Wheatbelt Science Trail took two years from inception through to attracting funding and developing the product. The launch was the culmination of months of work by the Wheatbelt Science Hub to seek nominations, develop information, create an app and place a geocaching trail.
Over 170 potential sites were identified through a community nominations process and a workshop for science organisations, local government and tourism providers held earlier this year. A community geocaching workshop was also held in July. The first 56 sites have been developed, and the Wheatbelt Science Hub hopes to attract further funding to complete more on the list.
The Wheatbelt Science Trail combines information on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) behind sites of interest across the Wheatbelt. Sites are categorised by ‘do’, ‘see’ or ‘learn’ depending on the experience level, and cover twelve topics.
“This project has involved hundreds of community members across the Wheatbelt region and further afield,” said Cec McConnell, Wheatbelt Science Hub chairperson. “From site nominations to the design of the Trail, donations of images and materials, attendance at workshops and reviewing content. We have been so pleased with the level of involvement. The end result is something that will contribute to tourism and education in our region.”
The Trail also features a series of geocaches throughout the Wheatbelt region, the first set went live last Friday and more to follow in August and early September.
The Trail can be accessed online at wheatbeltscience.org.au/trail and offers either a map with a choice of three experience levels, or a search function to filter by topic.
This Project was made possible through the Royalties for Regions Community Chest Fund, Inspiring Australia, and a range of volunteers.