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Online Incursions: Litter in our Waterways - The Problem With Plastic

Program Summary

Location: Online
Incursion Duration: 45 mins
Year Level: F-6
Group Size: 20-50
Cost: $110 +GST for up to 50 students 
Availability: See booking form
Program Themes: Waste, litter, waterways, plastics, marine wildlife


Program Overview

Litter is a major problem in our waterways, especially our seas and oceans where most of the litter ultimately ends up.

In this program, students will learn about the main types of waste and litter, and how plastic litter travels from our suburbs into our precious Port Phillip Bay. They will learn about the devastating effects that plastics have on our native wildlife, especially our marine life. Students will discover how we can help these species by reducing our use of plastics, especially packaging, and stop them entering our waterways at the source. Following the presentation will be a Q&A session where students will have the opportunity to interact with an EcoCentre expert.

Key Concepts & Questions

•   What are the main types of waste?
•   How does plastic litter get to the ocean?
•   What is the major problem with plastic litter? 
•   What effect does litter have on our marine environment? 
•   What can we do to help this situation?

Learning Outcomes

•   F-2 Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after (VCGGK069)
•   3-4 Types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment, the importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected; the use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably (VCGGK082)
•   5-6 Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)

Program Outline

In this sessions students will explore an online presentation to learn about:

•   The main categories of waste and litter
•   The movement of plastic litter from the suburbs to the Bay
•   The devastating effects of plastics on our marine environment
•   What we can do to reduce or eliminate this problem

After the presentation, there will be a Q&A session with an EcoCentre educator. Students will also be encouraged to carry out  follow up activities from the resources provided.


This incursion is delivered online using Zoom. A teacher and class can join the session from the classroom or remotely from home. A meeting link and instructions will be sent out with the booking confirmation. Minimum group size is 20, maximum group size is 50.

An invoice will be forwarded after the incursion is completed. The fee covers our programs administration costs. Please book your incursion at least 7 days in advance - we are unable to accept last-minute bookings.

Please email schools@ecocentre.com with subject "Online incursion enquiry", with:
1) Incursion Topic(s),
2) Three preferred dates and times
3) Number of classes for each topic (a class is up to 25 students)?
4) Year level of the students
5) Contact name, school/organisation and phone number

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including 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.