Schools Environmental Education Program
Our education program offers hands-on learning designed to engage students to learn more about the environment, sustainability, and climate change.
Each one hour lesson is targeted at specific learning levels from pre-school right through to year 12 and VCAL.
All lessons can be delivered as excursions to the Eco Living Display Centre or elsewhere on the Mornington Peninsula, incursions to your school or online interactive workshops.
"We all learned so much and the students were engaged throughout. The cost is well worth the time and expertise. We are so happy with what you provided". - Jacqui, Mornington Primary School teacher
- $125 for lessons at the Centre, $150 for excursions elsewhere & incursions.
- Maximum 25 students per lesson & 100 students per day
- Climate Change
- Ecosystems & Biodiversity
- Environmentally Sustainable Design
- Our Coastal Environment
- Human Impact and the Environment - coming soon
We also offer tailored training for student environmental leaders.
Our waste lesson is offered in two parts.
The 9 R’s – Students learn about the different ways we can reduce waste, how we can take the next step as an individual and how closed-loop recycling is helping to reduce environmental impacts. Discover how to become a savvy shopper, solve solutions for common household items to divert them from landfill and learn why it’s important to reduce the amount of clothing we purchase through our sustainable fashion life cycle activity. Discover how amazing worms are and how they help us reduce our waste.
Plastic Oceans - Students learn what happens when we drop litter and how it harms our sea birds & animals by engaging in a series of hands-on activities such as the marine life emergency, decomposition & litter solutions.
“Using it is fine, wasting it is a crime!”
Student’s learn how much drinkable water we have access to and how much water we use in our homes. Follow the scavenger hunt to discover how we can reduce water use and create and interact with a water catchment model to discover how they work and how they're affected by human activity. Identify different freshwater invertebrates, understand their adaptations and their place in the wetland food chain. Discover just how much water you really use per day through invisible water and the impact it has on Australia’s water supply. Complete a waterbody and/or water quality assessment, learn about how we can protect our water catchments.
Discover where energy comes from, how it is generated and will be generated in the future, how we use energy within our living environment and ways we can reduce our electricity use. Develop an understanding of how house design and human behaviours can help to reduce energy use, make us more comfortable and most importantly help our environment. Follow the clues to learn about energy saving initiatives and how to be an energy saver, not a waster! Develop an energy audit using common household appliances.
An interesting and hugely defining topic of our time. Students will be guided through a series of age specific activities designed to develop their awareness of the impact climate change is having on our environment, how it impacts us now and why we need to mitigate and instill change for the future. Students will develop understanding through a help save our planet scavenger hunt for younger year levels to learning about climate change mitigation and adaptation and completing an action plan tour designed for older year levels.
Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Students will explore common concepts of biodiversity, habitat and ecosystems, explore threats to biodiversity and how they can help improve it. Students will develop skills in classification, observation and analysis in a fun and interactive setting. Activities include a biodiversity/nature walk, habitat matching game, food chain activity, habitat and biodiversity assessments. These can be done with varying levels of complexity, depending on the local environment, time allowed and the age of the students. A habitat quality assessment allows students to audit the features of a particular area, relate them to biological diversity and investigate options to improve the habitat quality of an area. A biodiversity audit can include assessing minibeast diversity in leaf litter, tree canopy or in water, and invites students to explore the factors that affect biodiversity and how they can take simple actions to protect biodiversity.
Environmentally Sustainable Design
Identify and evaluate the impact that design, materials, systems and components have in sustainable house construction. Students work in groups to implement design ideas, processes and solutions to create their own sustainable house design. This creative and interactive lesson gives students the opportunity to think outside the box, develop a broad understanding of environmentally sustainable design, how human lifestyles impact the availability of natural resources, how individuals can move towards a more sustainable future and the many benefits of constructing a sustainable buildings.
Our Coastal Environment
Victoria's coastal environment is incredibly biodiverse. Explore how some marine plants and animals have adapted to the harsh coastal environment, explore threats to marine plants and animals including introduced pests, trampling and litter and learn some simple things we can all do to protect our precious coastal areas.
Activities can include:
- Rockpool ramble – can be conducted at Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary or elsewhere. Relies on low tide.
- Beach litter audit – can be conducted at any beach
- Shorebird/migratory bird game - Students learn about shorebirds/migratory birds (depending on the beach) - can be conducted at any beach
- Animal, vegetable or mineral - can be conducted at any beach. Students are presented with a variety of marine treasures including shark eggs, operculum, neptune’s necklace and are asked to categorise the items
- Marine animal trophic pyramid challenge – introduces the concept of trophic pyramids in a fun and interactive way
Human Impact and the Environment - coming soon
Explore the ways that human activity can impact our environment, including through pollution of our water, soil and air, habitat loss and introduction of invasive species. Investigate what 'ecosystem services' are and how these services must be valued. Through a variety of activities and case studies, students can discover some innovative ways that humans are working to reverse these impacts and restore ecosystem function.
Dolphin Research Institute – I sea, I care Ambassador Program
Mornington Peninsula Shire sponsors the Dolphin Research Institute’s 'I sea, I care' Ambassador Program, a leadership program that empowers young people to learn about our marine environment and share their knowledge with their peers.