The lessons we learn early in life sometimes remain with us for our entire lives.
That's the basis for The Nature School's hands-on approach to restoring damaged plants and undergrowth at Blair Reserve, Lighthouse Beach.
About a dozen of the school's early years students visited the reserve on Tuesday morning to partner with Landcare and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council on the regeneration work.
The school's early years coordinator Yvonne Brown said being part of the regeneration work gave the students life skills.
"This regenerational forest regrowth works is a project that helps encourage our children - and to show our children - the importance of planting out and replanting," she said.
"Today we are replacing plants and some undergrowth that has been damaged.
"We are helping re-establish these areas that have disintegrated over time."
Ms Brown said the students had enjoyed visiting Blair Reserve over the last few years.
Students have watched Landcare working on the site, replacing trees and undergrowth.
"We want to encourage the children to be connected to nature," Ms Brown said.
"Digging is a great skill and I am sure we are all gardeners deep down. I think it is important for these students to understand what happens when you are involved in planting things.
"There is some wonderful interaction between the children and these people who have the skills to share.
"These are the message they pick up and develop into their adult years."
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