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Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainability and the Environment

Schools Environmental Education Program

The City of Greater Dandenong offers a wide range of free environmental activities for schools in the form of excursions and incursions. Our programs aim to increase student awareness of our local environment in a fun and hands-on atmosphere.

See the tables below for details on each activity and the Victorian Essential Learning Standards they meet. Other activities are also available on request, including habitat assessment, litter surveys, animal surveys, ecosystem studies, plant identification, mini beasts, ponding, seed collecting, environmental games, bird watching and night walks.

For more information, to make a booking or to discuss other activity options, contact Council's Conservation Programs Coordinator in 9797 1702 or email council@cgd.vic.gov.au.

School education activities in parks and reserves

Program

Outline

 Duration

Year levels

 VELS
(Victorian Essential Learning Standards)

Alex Wilkie
Sense Trail
 

Students are blindfolded and walk around the sensory trail stopping along the way to smell, touch and listen to the surroundings to increase awareness and perception of the natural environment. 

30 minutes to 1 hour

Prep to 4

Science knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3

Alex Wilkie
Nature Trail

Learn about the natural environment with a guided walk through the reserve by a qualified ranger.

Topics discussed could include: history of site and impact of man, management of the reserve, habitat.

30 minutes to 1 hour

1 to 8

Science, knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Humanities, knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3

Geographical knowledge and understanding levels 4, 5

Guided tours
of reserves

Ranger guided tours of other reserves across the city, including Coomoora Woodland, Tirhatuan Reserve, Fotheringham Reserve; covering such topics as: impacts of man, history of reserves, plant uses, fauna, wetlands, habitat, management of reserves.

30 minutes to 1 hour

1 to 8

Science knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 

Humanities knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Mounted fauna specimen display and talk

Get up close and personal with some of the more elusive fauna found in the City of Greater Dandenong.

Topics covered could include: birds, wetland animals, mammals, nocturnal animals, birds of prey, habitat. 

20 minutes to 1 hour

Prep to 7

Science knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Indigenous awareness session 

Go on a ranger guided tour of Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve and learn about Aboriginal plant uses, as well as some hands-on activities with clap sticks.

1 to 2 hours

2 to 7

Science knowledge and understanding levels 2, 3, 4, 5

Humanities, knowledge and understanding levels 2, 3, 4

Civic knowledge and understanding levels 2, 3, 4, 5

Frog watch

(March-May, September-October) Go on a tour of Tirhatuan Park learning about the local frogs including frog calls, threats and requirements.

Record some of the frog calls and fill out frog census survey forms. You might even get a closer look at some tadpoles.  Other reserves are possible.

1 to 1.5 hours

2 to 6

Science knowledge and understanding levels 2, 3, 4

Science at work levels 2, 3, 4

Humanities, knowledge and understanding levels 2, 3, 4

Tree carers indigenous plantings

(June – September) Plant some locally indigenous plants (provided by Council) at a local park or reserve.

Learn about why indigenous plants are important to our city, and how to look after them. Book early to avoid disappointment! 

30 minutes to 2 hours (depending on number of plants)

1 to 10

Science knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Community engagement levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Humanities, knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4

Weed busters week activities

(October) Students visit their local bushland reserve to learn about weeds and their impact on our natural environment.

Play “weed invasion”. You might even get to meet Woody Weed!

30 minutes to 1 hour

4 to 7

Science knowledge and understanding levels 3, 4, 5

Movement and physical activity levels 3, 4, 5

Humanities, knowledge and understanding levels 3, 4

Treasure hunt 

Go to your local bushland reserve and search to find bushland treasures! 

30 minutes to 1 hour 

Prep to 6

Science knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4

Outdoor work

Community service or work experience activities at bushland reserves including Coomoora and Falkiner Reserves such as mulching, ring barking, planting and weeding. 

1 to 3 hours (variable)

6 to 10

Science knowledge and understanding levels 4, 5, 6

Community engagement levels 4, 5, 6

Bush craft 

Create some crazy critters from bush treasures at Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve 

30 minutes to 1 hour 

Prep to 4

Creating and making levels 1, 2, 3


School education activities in schools

Program

Outline

Duration

Year levels

VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards)

Mounted fauna specimen display and talk

Get up close and personal with some of the more elusive fauna found in the City of Greater Dandenong.

Topics covered could include: birds, wetland animals, mammals, nocturnal animals, habitat, birds of prey. 

20 minutes to 1 hour

Prep to 7

Science knowledge and understanding levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Weed busters (October) 

See, touch and learn about weeds and their impact on our natural environment.

Play "weed invasion". You might even get to meet Woody Weed! 

1 hour

4 to 7

Science knowledge and understanding levels 3, 4, 5

Humanities, knowledge and understanding levels 3, 4, 5

Movement and physical activity levels 3, 4, 5

Tree carers indigenous planting
(June to September)

Plant some locally indigenous plants (provided by Council for free to environmentally committed schools) in your school grounds.

Learn about why indigenous plants are important to our city, and how to look after them. Before/after planting activities could include weeding, mulching, guarding and watering.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

30 minutes to 2 hours

Prep to 10

Science knowledge and understanding levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Humanities, knowledge and understanding levels 2, 3, 4