Primary

two kids potting plants

Each activity usually runs for 45-50 minutes and is tailored to the age and ability of each student group. See our photo gallery

Our programs are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, where sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority.

We can also assist your school complete criteria with the ResourceSmart modules of energy, biodiversity, waste and water. 

Your school can choose from the following education themes:

Water
Waste
Biodiversity
Energy Year 4+
Food
Sustainable Living (Year 4+) 
Environmental Art

Water

Activities at Edendale focus on water conservation and quality, the water cycle, catchments and how to protect this precious resource.

  • Down the Drain (Diamond Creek walk)
  • What Waterbug is That? (Aquatic macro-invertebrates ID - seasonal)
  • Tale of a Creek (Story and role play, water quality focus)
  • Water Heroes (Water saving actions Year 3+)
  • Edendale Farm Tour (water conservation focus)
  • Water quality testing (Year 5+).

Waste

Activities focus on what goes in each bin, making smart choices when shopping, the environmental impact of waste, minimising waste going to landfill and recycling organic waste. It introduces students to the ‘Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ hierarchy

  • What a Load of Rubbish (Bin Sort/Recycle Relay)
  • Organic Waste Recycling (Worms and composting)
  • Consumption Down (Smart Shopping) (Year 4+)
  • Fast Fashion (Impact of what we wear) (Year 5+) 

  • Edendale Farm Tour (waste focus)

  • Sculptural Junk (art with waste)

  • Down the Drain (Diamond Creek walk, litter focus)

Biodiversity

These activities emphasise the importance of plants and animals in the environment. Students gain an understanding of biodiversity and its related issues, as well as actions that can be taken to help support and enhance biodiversity.

  • Indigenous Plants (Lifecycles, propagation, planting - seasonal)
  • It’s a Bug’s Life (minibeast discovery)
  • What Waterbug is That? (Aquatic macro-invertebrates ID - seasonal)
  • Eltham Copper Butterfly (Story and role play about this special endangered species
  • Who Lives Along the Creek? (Diamond Creek walk, habitat/biodiversity focus)
  • Fun with Frogs (Exploring the fantastic world of frogs)
  • Buzzing Around (the amazing life of bees)

Energy (Year 5+)

Students investigate a range of issues related to climate change, renewable energy sources and practical ways in which we can reduce our energy footprint. 

  • Cut Your Carbon (energy saving actions).This activity includes our FutureSpark human-powered bikes – students learn about energy and power, pedalling to generate electricity to cook popcorn in the microwave.
  • Home Green Home (eco building design to reduce energy use)
  • Re-Generate (renewable energy sources)
  • Food Footprint (the environmental impact of what we eat, with an energy focus). 

Food

Activities enhance student understanding of the value in maintaining and developing our arable land, and the benefits of growing our own food or buying locally, as well as exploring the impact of their ‘food footprint’.

  • Sustainable Edendale farm tour (produce focus)
  • Growing your Own (May include veggie seedling propagation)
  • Soil Matters (composting and worm farming)
  • Food Footprint (the environmental impact of what we eat)

Sustainable Living (Year 4+)

 One of our most popular programs, particularly among upper primary and secondary schools. 

It incorporates activities from water, waste, food, biodiversity and energy and draws together some of the key issues that help us to live more sustainably and reduce our ecological footprint.

  • Consumption Down! (Smarter shopping)
  • Water Heroes (Water saving actions)
  • Cut Your Carbon! (Year 5+) (Actions to reduce our carbon footprint)
  • Indigenous Plants (Lifecycles, propagation, planting)
  • Food Footprint (Environmental impact of what we eat)
  • Tale of a Creek (Story and roleplay, water quality focus)
  • Organic Waste Recycling (worms and composting)

  • Sustainable Edendale (How we manage Edendale sustainably)
  • Indigenous Farming Methods (Farming before white settlement). 

Environmental Art

Art activities for children of all ages that demonstrate the use of recycled materials and objects from the natural world, including:

  • Calico bag art - Creating a colourful print to take home using fresh flowers and foliage on a calico bag
  • Build a Bushkin (natural fibre sculpture) – make individual animal sculptures using tactile materials from nature including gumnuts, pine cones, feathers, hay, sticks and hessian
  • Sculptural junk - children use recycled and repurposed materials to make arty forms and figures (this activity can be linked to a specific topic such as minibeasts)
  • Insect hotels – find out why insect hotels are great to have in your garden and create your own using natural, foraged, recycled and reclaimed materials.

Contact us

Contact one of our Education Team on  9433 3706 or email edendale.education@nillumbik.vic.gov.au .

We can offer additional educational support. Examples include:

  • How we can support your school's sustainability journey
  • Programs specifically designed to meet your curriculum needs
  • Incursions for preschool and primary education
  • Excursions for your Environment Team or Junior Environment Team
  • Our Teachers' Environment Network