Environmental Education for Schools

Hampton Park Primary Student learns about energy conservation

School excursions ceased due to Coronavirus

To protect our community following the declaration of a State of Emergency in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) we’re closing the Eco Living Display Centre until further notice.  This includes school excursions.  We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please feel free to make enquiries and plan for your future programs.

Further information & contact details for coronavirus

 

Education program at the Eco Living Display Centre

To make enquiries or bookings, please email ecolivingdisplaycentre@mornpen.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5974 1005  

Why travel to Melbourne for your school excursions when you can access an environmental education facility right here on the Mornington Peninsula? The environment education program offers fantastic hands-on learning designed to get your students thinking about sustainability.  

Our education program offers fantastic hands-on learning designed to engage students to learn more about the environment, sustainability, and climate change. 

The lessons are targeted at specific learning levels suitable for students from preschool right through to year 10. 

All lessons can be delivered as incursions or excursions to the Eco Living Display Centre – a display home where students can discover the environmental impact of their daily lives and how they can make a real difference as a school group, community member and individual (maximum 100 students for excusions).

We can tailor a program specific to your timeframe and  preschool, school, school holiday program or student’s current area of inquiry.

  • $5 per student, per lesson
  • Each lesson goes for one hour
  • Each lesson is linked directly to the Victorian Curriculum

Lesson Topics

  • Waste
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Climate Change
  • Ecosystems & Biodiversity
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design

The lessons (detailed below) provide a brief description of the various activities we can run, with over 40 different activities across the six lessons.

Please contact us directly to tailor a program suitable to your specific year level, timeframe or content needs.

Waste

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. 

Water

“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 compete in the water cycle relay to discover where water originates and how we alter the water cycle.  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 an investigation through our body of water assessment, learn about contaminated water and the impact stormwater has on our environment.

Energy

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.

Climate Change

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 & Biodiversity

Increase students’ knowledge and understanding of local ecology and biodiversity by encouraging them to make and record observations, understand the diversity within a natural habitat, how negative impacts can weaken the earth’s ecosystem and investigate options to improve habitat quality of the researched area. The primary activity is a local ecological audit that can be done with varying levels of complexity, depending on the local environment, time allowed, and the age of the students. Students will learn what kinds of plants, animals, and fungi are in their local environment, and what their job is in the ecosystem.

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.