Secondary

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Edendale Education is about celebrating the natural world, providing students with connections to the environment, and giving them practical solutions to real environmental problems. We want your students to go away feeling powerful, knowing that they have a role to play as future citizens in making this a better, more sustainable, world.

Our programs will motivate student learning about the natural world, with special emphasis on environmental sustainability in the beautiful surrounds of Edendale Community Environment Farm in Eltham. All of our activities are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, where sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority.

Our program is agile. Whether your class is focused on a specific part of the curriculum or undertaking a unit of inquiry, whether it’s Geography, Science, Environmental Science, Biology, VCAL or a smaller Environment Team group, we can work collaboratively with you to ensure our activities fit the specific learning outcomes you require.

Each activity generally runs for about 45 minutes, and can be tailored to the Year Level and curriculum needs of each student group.

Choose from our activities as outlined below.

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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, explore the impact of their “food footprint” and the benefits of growing our own food and/or buying locally.

  • 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)

Curriculum links: Geography – Biomes and Food Security, Technologies – Food and Fibre Production, Science  Understanding – Biological Sciences

 

Sustainable Living

This is one of our most popular programs, incorporating activities from the water, waste, food, biodiversity and energy themes. It 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)
  • Plant Local (Indigenous plants – importance, lifecycles, propagation, planting)
  • Food Footprint (Environmental impact of what we eat)
  • Tale of a Creek (Story and role play, water quality focus)
  • Sustainable Edendale farm tour

Curriculum links: Geographical knowledge, Science Understanding, The Humanities, Technologies – Food and Fibre Production, Ethical Capability 

 

Tailoring to you

We specialise in working with you to ensure our programs support your specific environmental education needs. Ask us if what you are studying isn't covered in our listed programs.

2020 Excursion prices

  • Prices are per student with a minimum class size of 20 students.
  • Our programs are aligned to the new Victorian Curriculum F-10 where sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority.
Length of visit  Price excl GST  Price incl GST Minimum cost excl GST
 1 hour - 1 activity $5.27 $5.80 $105.40
 3 hours - 3 activities  $12.09  $13.30 $241.80
 4 hours - 4 activities $15.45 $17.00 309.00
 5 hours - 5 activities $17.73 $19.50 $345.60

 

Incursions

Our team will come to you!

In addition to our very popular excursion program, we also offer incursions to Secondary Schools if your school is relatively local to the Eltham area.

An incursion could be a one-off one hour session, or a rotating series of activities. For example, if you have three classes in your year level, we would come for several hours and run three activities.

Incursion activities

Our activities for incursion include:

  • Tale of the Creek (Story and role play with a water quality focus)
  • Food Footprint (Environmental impact of what we eat)
  • Future of Food (Biomes and food security)
  • Soil Matters (Soil composition, composting and worm farming)
  • Indigenous Plant Propagation and Planting (seasonal)
  • Fast Fashion (Environmental impact of what we wear)
  • Water Quality Testing

We can also support your school in setting up things like veggie gardens or composting.

We can teach to a particular theme or a more general sustainability program (eg. a water, a waste and a biodiversity activity).

If you have specific curriculum needs that you would like us address, have a chat to us about how best to achieve this. We are very flexible and are happy to tailor what we offer to suit you.

2020 Incursion prices

  • These prices are per student and based on a minimum 20 children per class
  Price incl GST Minimum price per session
1 session - 1 activity   $10.73  $214.50
 2 sessions - 2 activities  $13.15  $262.90
 3 sessions - 3 activities  $16.60 $332.00
 4 sessions - 4 activities  21.23 $424.60

 

 

 

Contact the Education Team

t  9433 3706,

edendale.education@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

Booking Request Form

Complete this form to check for availability or prices for the program you are interested in.

We will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss further details.

Book early as our programs are very popular.

Extras

Other things you may like to incorporate into your excursion:

A walk along the Diamond Creek trail to Murray’s Wetlands, approximately 15 minutes. This area is a habitat for local flora and fauna.

Time to wander around Edendale and see the animals, if this is not part of your booked program.

Lunch and a play at the Eltham North adventure playground, which is a short walk from the farm and is also the drop off and pick up point for buses.

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Educational support

Contact us to ask us about other educational support  including:

  • Your school's sustainability journey
  • Programs specifically designed to meet your curriculum needs
  • Excursions for your Environment Team or Junior Environment Team
  • Our Teachers' Environment Network.