The Bega River is being rejuvenated thanks to the help of some of the region's youngest residents.
Four schools from across the Bega Valley took part in planting trees at the Old Bega Racecourse last week in order to help increase the river's resilience to flooding and increase biodiversity.
Bega High School, Thomas More Christian Montessori School, Sapphire Coast Anglican College and St Patrick's Catholic Primary School took part in the planting, a joint project between Bega Valley Shire Council and Bega River and Wetlands Landcare (BRAWL), on August 1 and 2.
BRAWL community coordinator Erin Moon said the two day project involved the planting of hundreds of seedlings, and was part of a Schools Tree Day and National Tree Day initiative.
Ms Moon said the project allowed students to learn about the importance of re-vegetating the Bega River.
The planting will help build the area's resilience to flooding, and increase plant and animal biodiversity along important corridors.
"The students are building upon the work of local community and government groups in rehabilitating the river and creating the highly used Bega River Walungari Trail," she said.
"In addition to the environmental benefits, students learn about the value of giving to the community to create a sense of belonging, pride in our home and appreciation of the efforts of those before us."