Secondary

schoolgirl stirring up compost in bin

Each activity usually runs for 45-50 minutes. Our programs are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, where sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority.

Our programs can also assist your school complete criteria with the ResourseSmart modules of energy, biodiversity, waste and water.

Edendale Education is increasingly catering for smaller secondary groups doing electives in such areas as environmental science, sustainability, inquiry units with an environmental focus or for an Environment Team.

We can be very flexible in the activities that we conduct, and we are happy to put together a program for your students that specifically addresses your particular curriculum needs.

Choose activities from our water, food, biodiversity, energy, waste or sustainable living programs or let us know what you want and we can make suggestions about the best combinations of activities to suit your purposes.

Contact us about these tailored programs for secondary students. See our schools program photo gallery

Water

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

  • Aquatic macro-invertebrates (Identification, classification and interactions)
  • Tale of a Creek (Story and role play, water quality focus)
  • Edendale Water Conservation Farm Tour
  • Extended water quality testing for Year 7 Geography

Waste

Activities focus on solutions to the ever-increasing problem of waste generated by humans in the environment, including minimising waste to landfill by separating our waste, including a quick recap of what goes in each bin, making environmentally-friendly purchasing choices and recycling organic waste. Choose from:

  • Soil Matters (Soil composition, composting and worm farming)
  • Consumption Down (Waste reduction hierarchy, smarter shopping)
  • Fast Fashion (Environmental impact of what we wear)

Biodiversity

Students gain a broad understanding of biodiversity and its related issues, as well as actions that can be taken to help support and enhance biodiversity. Choices include:

  • Indigenous plants (Lifecycles, propagation, planting - seasonal)
  • Aquatic macro-invertebrates (Identification, classification and interactions) 
  • Who Am I? (Eltham Copper Butterfly - endangered species focus) 

Energy

Students investigate a range of issues related to climate change, renewable energy sources and practical ways in which individuals can reduce their energy footprints. Choose from:

  • Cut Your Carbon (Reducing our carbon footprint) - 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 (Environmental impact of what we eat, with an energy focus).

Food

Activities enhance students understanding of arable land as a precious resource, the benefits of growing our own food or buying locally, and explore the impact of their “food footprint”. Choices include:

  • Sustainable Edendale (Farm tour with produce focus)
  • Food Footprint (Environmental impact of what you eat)
  • Soil Matters (Soil composition, composting and worm farming)
  • Future of Food (Biomes and food security) 

Sustainable Living

This is one of our most popular programs. It incorporates activities from the water, waste, food, biodiversity and energy themes, and draws together some of the key issues that help us to live more sustainably and reduce our ecological footprint. Choices include:

  • Consumption Down (Waste reduction hierarchy, smarter shopping)
  • Cut Your Carbon (Reducing our carbon footprint, includes FutureSpark bikes)
  • Indigenous plants (Lifecycles, propagation, planting - seasonal)
  • Food Footprint (Environmental impact of what we eat)
  • Tale of a Creek (Story and role play, water quality focus)
  • Sustainable Edendale farm tour

Contact

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

Educational support

Contact us to ask us about other 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

For further information, contact the Environmental Education Officer on 9433 3706 or at edendale.education@nillumbik.vic.gov.au