Early Years

girl patting baby chick

Edendale provides fun, hands-on and adaptable environmental education activities specifically designed for preschoolers.

Teachers and educators can also reflect on Edendale’s environmental education experiences as they work towards Element 3.2.3 of the National Quality Standards – “The service cares for the environment and supports children to become environmentally responsible”

Farm Tour

A guided walk around Edendale with a focus on what farms produce for humans. Children will be able to feed and/or pat the chickens, guinea pigs and goats, explore the veggie gardens and meet our wonderful worms. Our cow, sheep and pony are also part of the tour.

Minibeasts (invertebrates)

A Bug’s Life

Children search for, observe and identify different types of land and water bugs using magnifiers and special identification charts.

They will learn about how minibeasts process organic waste and how different water bugs can indicate the health of our waterways.

Eltham Copper Butterfly 

Children learn about this very special endangered species, its lifecycle and habitat through drama and a parade of caterpillars, ants and butterflies. 

Waste not

In this activity, children help a family who are having some problems separating their waste into the correct bins.

This is a fun and hands-on sorting activity with clean rubbish props, followed by a relay race where children sort out the recyclables from the non-recyclables. 

This activity introduces children to the waste reduction hierarchy - rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle. 

Hands-on veggie gardening (seasonal)

Children explore the veggie gardens and orchards at Edendale, and they help our gardeners with tasks in the veggie patch such as watering and harvesting food.

Children are encouraged to touch, smell and taste edible plants. They also plant a veggie seed in a little biodegradable pot to take away and watch it grow.

Activities are designed to engage children in learning where their food comes from.

Environmental art

Edendale’s art teachers lead the children in activities that use recycled materials and objects from the natural world, including:

  • calico bag art – create a colourful print to take home, using fresh flowers and foliage on a calico drawstring bag
  • sculptural junk – use recycled materials to make arty forms and figures (can be related to a specific topic like minibeasts).

Wonderful Worms

Explore the wonderful life of the compost worm. Activities include visiting Edendale’s various worm farms, up-close observation of worms, learning about their needs and life cycle and the importance of worms in reducing waste to landfill.

Buzzing Around

Through dance, art, observation and play, children discover how our friends the honey bees live their busy lives. They model wax into bee shapes and play with props to understand how bees collect nectar, make wax and honesty and look after their babies. Everyone will learn the bees’ famous waggle dance and find out how well the bees work together.

 

Incursions

In addition to our very popular preschool excursion program, we also offer incursions to preschools and early childhood centres if you are relatively local to this area.

Most commonly, these are around worms and setting up a worm farm or hands-on planting and work in the veggie garden, but we have also conducted incursions around environmental art, aquatic macro-invertebrates (water bugs) and waste/recycling. 

Contact us

To find out more, contact one of our Education Team on 9433 3706 or email edendale.education@nillumbik.vic.gov.au