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.
Education activities for Eurobodalla primary schools
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 2019 calendar for free from Council's administrative office in Moruya, or at the Batemans Bay, Moruya, and Narooma libraries.
Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens excursion
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.
You can read more about primary school visits to the Botanic Gardens on our website:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Council encourages students to take up the challenge at home and calculate how much water they are saving at home.
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.
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 perfomance
The Tapstar Saves Water is an interactive and educational performance that incorporates singing, scientific demonstrations, puppetry and audience participation, teaching students about being water-wise with important messages 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.
If you would like to organise a school excursion, educational visit, or need help with teaching-resources on the grey-headed flying-fox or other Australian bats, you can contact Council's Natural Resource Officer - Flying-Foxes, Natalie Foster, on:
- E: Natalie Foster
- T: 4474 1000
We can help you
For more detailed information on the above programs, activities and excursions, please contact Council’s Environment Education Officers, Bernadette Davis or Gilly Kearney, on: