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School Education Program

Environmental sustainability school resources

Developed by qualified teachers in our Education team, our free school programs are designed to empower our children and youth with localised knowledge and skills that support them in becoming responsible and sustainably-minded active citizens in our local community.

We offer a range of hands-on incursions and excursions across waste management and water conservation topics, targeted towards primary-aged students but adaptable for younger or older years as needed. We also provide project-based learning opportunities for local schools throughout the year, aimed to provide deeper learning across our standard program while also fostering 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and communication.

Bookings and enquiries can be made through the form at the bottom of this page.


Waste Education Topics

Globally, there is much being done to begin the shift from our traditional linear “take-make-waste" model of production and consumption towards a more regenerative model, otherwise known as “The Circular Economy”. In this workshop, students will explore the difference between a linear approach to waste management and the new circular economy, and be introduced to the key circular principles. We’ll explore some existing circular solutions, before giving students the opportunity to dive in and play with circular strategies to design their own circular production and consumption ideas.

Learning what goes in which bin can be a little tricky. This interactive workshop brings our A-Z Waste guide to life, helping our young ones become Which Bin Experts so they can not only get their own rubbish into the right bin but even help others get waste sorted! Students will explore a range of waste items, learn why waste separation is important, and engage in fun sorting activities that re-enforce correct use of household bins and items that can be dropped off for free through our waste facilities.

Water Education Topics

(currently on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact education@pmhc.nsw.gov.au for further information and future possible bookings)

Our unique coastal landscape means that our dams and catchment processes also quite unique. On this guided tour and interactive onsite workshop, students will visit our Cowarra Off Creek Storage Dam to understand how we collect, store and distribute potable water in our community. In addition to learning about water storage, use, and conservation, students will also have the opportunity to engage with the Aboriginal sculptures at the Dam, learning about the importance of water to the community and the involvement of the Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council in the approval and construction of the Cowarra Dam.

Excursion not possible or suitable? We’re excited to soon be releasing an interactive virtual tour of Cowarra Dam! Contact us to learn more and be kept up to date with its release and our accompanying teaching resources.

Water is a precious natural resource and even when it seems like we have so much of it, it’s important we all play our part to ensure we have enough drinking water for the future. In this fun and interactive workshop, students will participate in practical experiments to uncover how much potable water we use in common daily activities, then explore the ways they, their families and their school can reduce their use to become water saving legends.

Whizzy the Water Drop is also available for a visit, upon request.


Interschool Challenges

We love supporting creativity, curiosity, critical thinking and collaboration in the classroom, and creating opportunities for students to share their unique talents and big ideas with our local community. Information and registration for projects and challenges will appear here as they occur. Keen to keep in the loop? Sign up to our ConnectEd PMH newsletter below and we’ll be sure to notify you when new opportunities launch!

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Interested in a workshop on a topic or area of Council or community not covered below? Email us at education@pmhc.nsw.gov.au and we’ll do our best to support your requests. Please note, all booking enquiries are subject to availability.

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This page was last updated on: 13 August 2021