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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, animal surveys, ecosystem studies, plant identification, mini beasts, ponding and seed collecting. 

For more information, to make a booking or to discuss other activity options, contact Council's Conservation Programs Coordinator in 8571 1702 or email council@cgd.vic.gov.au.

School Conservation Education Activities

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

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