Amidst the many community events to kick-start the year-long events to mark the centenary of Flinders Chase National Park, National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and their families gathered on Wednesday to mark the park's birthday.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 marked the official birthday of Flinders Chase National Park and the staff that care for the park day-in, day-out gathered to mark the occasion - regaling stories of events that have shaped the park, sang a rounding edition of Happy Birthday and buried a time capsule containing messages from local children for future generations.
Speaking at the event, National Parks and Wildlife Service manager for Kangaroo Island, Mike Greig said that he was very pleased to see so much of the community coming to the enjoy the park events.
"With the open day last Saturday, and half price camping in Flinders Chase throughout October, it was great to see the community come and enjoy the park," Mr Greig said.
"Our events to mark the start of the centenary year have been very successful with our ranger pop-up at the arch and junior ranger day being especially popular with young families.
"It was important to the staff that we also marked the official day of the Park's birthday bringing together those that care for the park on a daily basis, giving them a chance to share the special day with their families.
"Local school children from Parndana Campus were also given an opportunity to prepare messages, hopes and dreams for the future within the National Park with the committal of a time capsule to be dug up in 50 years' time."
The time capsule was placed on the grounds of the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre under the location where a plaque will be placed to mark the 100th year at an official event later in the centenary year celebrations.