St Joseph’s students joined hands-on catchment care to raise $20,000 through Living Water Workbees, allowing them to install rainwater tanks and a raingarden of indigenous plants, funded through the Victorian Government’s Port Phillip Bay Fund. 85% of the water used in St Joseph’s Primary School (Elsternwick) is now supplied from their tanks; and during heavy rain, stormwater is slowed and filtered by the gardens before flowing to our Bay.
Drain Detectives: Citizen science and sensors to protect bay beaches
St Columba’s: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay
Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability (TLfS) is a program where an EcoCentre educator will work with the same group of students (up to 25) for a whole term, guiding them through sustainability curriculum, leadership activities, sustainability projects and spending time helping them investigate their local environments.
Our Educator will work with the school's contact teacher to confirm the sustainability topic for your TLfS and to develop the term-long planner.
Free professional learning events each term for school and ELC educators, support staff and parents to network, share resources and connect to the local environment. A wide range of topics are covered with a focus on embedding sustainability and environment education in classroom teaching.
Emphasis is on STEAM/STEM and inquiry-based learning with a variety of topics covered such as climate change and ecosystems, habitat improvements for local species and plastics in our oceans and on land.
2019 bookings now being taken
Our award winning excursions provide hands-on, inquiry- focused educational experiences for P-12 year levels.
Nature Play Adventures
We have a wonderful variety of nature play and play-based activities for Early Learning Centres and Kindergartens. Excursions are offered at St Kilda Botanical Gardens and St Kilda Beach (including the penguin colony) and incursions at your centre.
Our most popular incursions and excursions are:
Our sustainability Expert in Residence program provides your school with a tailored whole school sustainability curriculum approach to embedding environment and sustainability education across curriculum priorities and across all classes.
Vitalise or clarify your school’s sustainability journey using the Victorian ResourceSmart Schools framework.
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and elder members of our multicultural community.
We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.