School programs and professional development
Greening Australia’s free programs that students can participate in:
- Water Warriors inspires young people to be leaders in their community and promote the sustainable use of water resources. Generously supported by TasWater. Find out more about Water Warriors and sign up.
- Water for Life – Catchment Care Programs. Kids investigate their local waterway and understand the impact different users can have on water health and water management. Generously supported by Hydro Tasmania. Find out more about Water for Life and sign up.
Both programs are linked to the Australian Curriculum in Science and Geography.
“Schools for the Environment” is the overarching title of Greening Australia suite of school education programs in Victoria.
The “Schools for the Environment” program is made up of three main components:
- School Education Programs
- Teacher Professional Learning
- Teacher resources
School Education Programs:
Greening Australia is funded by a number of organisations to work with school groups.
RACV – Green Miles Program
Greening Australia is working with 10 schools in Gippsland in 2012 – 2013 to reduce their Carbon footprint by calculating their Travel and energy use emissions, changing their travel and energy use behaviour and offsetting their Carbon use by planting Biodiverse Carbon plantations on the shores of Lake Wellington at Marlay Point. Go to www.futurecarbon.com.au to calculate your travel and energy use emissions.
Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development – Strategic Partnerships Program
Greening Australia is funded by DEECD in Victoria from 2012 – 2014 to work with 8 schools on 4 sites along the lower and middle Yarra River to revegetate the river banks, learn about the local Wurundjeri people’s culture, conduct Waterwatch activities and search for terrestrial mini beasts. Each school involved is assisted to do a funded Biodiversity Audit of their school grounds and develop a Biodiversity action plan to help them take actions to improve habitat in the school grounds.
Teacher Professional Learning:
Greening Australia runs 2 major teacher professional learning events in Victoria each year:
- Melbourne Toolbox For Environmental Change Forum at Melbourne Museum – funded by Sustainability Victoria
- Narmbool Regional Toolbox for Environmental Change Forum at Narmbool Environmental Discovery Camp Ballarat – funded by DEECD and Sovereign Hill/Narmbool
- Greening Australia also supports the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Consortia across the state by providing PL sessions at teacher network meetings
Greening Australia develops resources with Australian Curriculum links to support teachers. See the Educators page on this site.