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Derwent Valley students have learnt first hand the value of one of Tasmania's oldest national parks in an innovative environmental education program run by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

The Glenora District High School students have spent the last three months studying aspects of Mount Field National Park.

"We had students from Kinder through to Grade Eight and their attitude was so refreshing, they were hands-on and enthusiastic," said Parks and Wildlife Service interpretation and education acting manager Jenni Burdon.

Ms Burdon said the education rangers and other Parks and Wildlife Service staff from Mount Field worked with the students.

A group of Kinder to Grade Two students examined Russell Creek to research 'Wonder of our Waterways' while a group of Grade Five to Eight students studied 'Why are National Parks (Mt Field) so important?'.

'It was great to be able to get the students into Mount Field and surround them with such an important environment and let them learn for themselves how special it is,' said Glenora teacher Sonya Plunkett Smith.

This material has been developed as a part of the Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics Project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training as a part of the Boosting Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics Teaching (BISTMT) Programme.

The results, including posters, photos and art works will be on display at Mount Field's visitor centre from 23 November. They will also be put on an educational compact disc which will be made available to Tasmanian teachers next year.

Five other schools are participating in this project: Rosebery District High, Upper Burnie Primary, Bicheno Primary, Swansea Primary and Illawarra Primary.