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by Alexia Johnston

Nature lessons are going under the microscope as youngsters explore the great outdoors with South Canterbury Museum staff.
Grantlea Downs School children recently took part in the museum’s outdoor education programme at Raincliff Station, where they used magnifying glasses to get a close-up look at insects.
The 60 year 4 children also took part in a first aid and bush survival skills course run by Richard Rowley, of Country Diversities.
South Canterbury Museum educator Ruth Gardiner said the event was a great opportunity for the children, who all stayed overnight at the camp.
“The kids love finding a variety of land insects and aquatic insects, then identifying them using magnifying glasses and identification charts,” she said.
The museum runs the programmes regularly for schools throughout terms one and four at school camps and other off-site locations, including the Otipua Wetlands.