Council's Environment Team offers a range of primary school education programs, activities and excursions in Eurobodalla. The programs outlined on this page are just a sample of what's available to local schools. Get in touch with us if you would like to find out more, or arrange a tailor-made workshop or activity.
Annual environment education calendar
All primary schools in Eurobodalla participate in the creation of this annual calendar. Students research a theme nominated by Council each year, and develop slogans and drawings relating to the environmental message. Twelve entries are chosen – one for each month of the year. The calendar is then published and copies are available to the community at Council’s three libraries, customer service centre in Moruya and the visitor information centres.
You can get your own calendar for free from Council's customer service centre in Moruya, or at the Batemans Bay, Moruya, and Narooma libraries.
- School excursions to Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden:
This curriculum-based program has been designed to cater for Stage 2 students (year 4). Council’s Environment and Education Officer provides students with a botany and biodiversity education session at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens.
- Batemans Marine Park excursion:
This excursion aims to provide students with a greater understanding of the marine park’s various zones, its benefits and the variety of marine species living in their area. Students will learn to identify, describe and evaluate interdependent relationships between living things and the environment within particular ecosystems in the marine park.
- Biodiversity excursions to endangered ecological communities:
Students can discover the importance of local vegetation communities such as dunal systems, wetlands, littoral rainforests and Bangalay Sand forests.
- Grey-headed flying-fox excursion: Schools can join in an exciting new opportunity to learn about the grey-headed flying-foxes in the Eurobodalla, you can also watch our short video made by filmmaker Stephan Curtain of Nature Films. The video has accompanying activity sheets to help reinforce the film's messages. If you would like to organise a school excursion, educational visit or teaching-resources on the grey-headed flying-fox or other Australian bats, contact Council's Natural Resource Officer:
- E: Natalie Foster
- T: 4474 1000
Challenges and workshops
- Water audit program:
Stage 2 students will use our water audit kits to learn how to save water and identify areas at school where water is being wasted. The water audit program provides hands-on experience that complements literacy, numeracy and science curriculum. Students can also use the kits and apply what they have learned at home.
- Four-minute shower challenge:
By reducing the time you spend in the shower by one minute each day, you can save as much as 63 litres weekly, based on one person shortening a five-minute shower to a four-minute shower. This adds up 3,276 litres (over three tonnes) of water each year when using a WELS rated showerhead. The savings get more impressive with each additional family household member. We encourage students to take up the challenge at home and calculate how much water they are saving at home.
- Compost kids:
Composting is nature’s way of recycling organic material, saving water and landfill space. Council provides hands-on workshops for schools that want to harvest their own compost onsite. Many schools are also growing vegetables and herbs, and enjoy eating the harvest they have grown as part of the Crunch&Sip® initiative that promotes healthy eating.
- The Tapstar Saves Water educational performance:
This interactive and educational performance incorporates singing, scientific demonstrations, puppetry and audience participation. It teaches students about being water-wise in a fun and engaging way. The pantomime is linked to the Australian Curriculum for Stages 1 to 3.
The Tapstar Saves Water performance is sponsored by Council via an annual visit from the acclaimed Eaton Gorge Theatre Company in three locations, so that all primary schools in Eurobodalla Shire can participate in the performance.
- Marine debris program:
Students will learn how to conduct marine debris clean-ups using the Australian Marine Debris Database (AMDI), why it is so important to record the debris being collected, and how we can work together to prevent the debris from entering the marine environment.
- Keep NSW Beautiful EnviroMentors program: Council’s Water and Waste Management Services sponsor annual visits by the Keep NSW Beautiful EnviroMentors®. The incursion-based workshops cover a range of environmental issues such as keeping our waterways clean, composting, waste reduction, recycling and saving water.
Workshops are designed to encourage students to become environmental stewards in their households, spreading the message to the wider community.
Clean-up for Clyde (the Little Penguin) Project
Council and the Eurobodalla Landcare Network have secured funding through the Federal Government's Communities Environment Program to run a project that will improve the habitat of the Little Penguin colonies on the Clyde Estuary.
The Clean-up for Clyde (the Little Penguin) Project will reduce the threats to Little Penguin colonies off the coast of Batemans Bay, by removing marine debris and weeds from their habitat. The Tollgates and Snapper Islands have some of the largest breeding colonies in NSW.
The four schools located in the Clyde River catchment, Batemans Bay Public, Batemans Bay High, Sunshine Bay Public and St Bernard’s Primary, will be engaged in the removal of marine debris at sites on the foreshore of the Clyde River and from within their schools. They will collect data about the items they are finding in the clean-ups using the Australian Marine Debris Initiatives Database, and use this information to develop educational material to help the local community to reduce their impacts on the Little Penguin and marine environment.
Some of the lucky students will take a trip out to Snapper Island where they will assist in weed control and the installation of artificial nesting boxes to support Little Penguin populations.
Students will be able to screen-print ‘Clyde the Penguin’ on pre-loved t-shirts to assist in spreading the word about the valuable nesting areas in the Estuary, and getting people to think twice about their use of single-use plastics and how they dispose of them.
Students can watch this short video to find out what they need to do to be a part of the project while the COVID-19 measures are in place:
If you need to know more about using the Australian Marine Debris Initiatives Database App, head to our Marine Debris Working Group for instructions and a video tutorial.