Teachers' Environment Network

The Teachers' Environment Network (TEN) has been running since 2005 and is a joint Nillumbik and Banyule undertaking. The network aims is to support local teachers in both schools and early childhood settings in delivering an integrated and locally relevant sustainability curriculum by:

• providing an opportunity for teachers to share knowledge, experiences and skills about environmental education and projects they are undertaking

• providing support, advice and encouragement to schools and early childhood centres, wherever they are on their sustainability journey

• providing a range of relevant and interesting professional development sessions for teachers around sustainability education

• bringing awareness to relevant Council environmental projects, policies, grant opportunities and events.

The Network usually holds two meetings per term on a Thursday afternoon from 4–6pm. Often the meetings are held at Edendale, but sometimes at local schools to showcase an environmental project, or other destinations such as the Gawa Trail in Watsons Creek or Bunjil Reserve in Panton Hill. It provides a variety of guest speakers, as well as the opportunity for discussion and sharing, and a delicious afternoon tea.

Early in 2020, prior to COVID, the TEN welcomed speakers from the Marine Mammal Foundation and Darebin Parklands Education Centre. After a hiatus in the initial months of COVID, very successful sessions were offered via Zoom – Dr Rachel Forgasz, a lecturer from Monash University, who spoke about climate change education; Dr Luis Mata, an ecologist from the University of Melbourne who spoke about pollinator observatories and Holly Hale, who is an incursion provider from the Yarra Valley specialising in bees and minibeasts and their importance in the environment. There were also presentations from Nillumbik and Banyule representatives about the Gardens for Wildlife program.

Planning for the 2021 program is now underway.

Attendance at meetings can be counted towards teachers' Professional Development requirements for VIT registration.

If you would like to be added to the TEN email database, or for further information, please call 9433 3706 or email edendale.education@nillumbik.vic.gov.au

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