Sustainable Living Education Program


Schools and Early Years Education Program

Your school or kindergarten can participate in our education program with class visits to show you how to reduce waste, recycle and turn food scraps into valuable compost for growing a vegie garden. Guided excursions at our Kilmany Resource Recovery Centre and Landfill are also available. Lodge your schools Expression of Interest (via email) in participating in our program. Our Sustainability Education Officer will be in contact to confirm your schools participation.

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Program Outline

Rubbish and Recycling The five R's

The 5 R's- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle - exploring the impact of our waste on the earth and how we can use the 5R's to save valuable resources, money and the environment. You will learn which things go in which bin, other ways to recycle and alternative ways to purchase things without packaging leaving very little waste in your landfill bin.

This complements certification for the ResourceSmart Schools Program.

Wonderful Worms

Small scale worm farming and composting. Exploring worms as recyclers of food waste in schools, kindergarten, and small business. We also explore worm characteristics, their habitat and what they eat. The participants will get to set up a compost bin or worm farm or look at the one already installed with further discussion around what can and cannot be put into the worm farm and why. Troubleshooting tips and some interesting facts about worms.

This complements certification for the ResourceSmart Schools Program.

Glorious Green Gardens

For schools with an existing kitchen garden or wanting to start one up. Students have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a plant and discover what a seed needs in order to grow healthy and strong. We look at different types of garden beds and how they work. Why to grow your own food and become less reliant on the big supermarkets. What seasonal vegetables are and how to plant, mulch and look after your vegetable patch.

Cooking from the Garden

Kid’s cooking from the garden is one of the best ways to show them the garden to plate process. It’s all about teaching our kids where real food comes from and how nutrient-dense and tasty it is. It’s a known fact that kids are more likely to try something new if they grow it themselves. We have 3 amazing recipes that the kids are going to love growing, cooking and then eating.

Recycled Paper Pots

Homemade newspaper pots are quick and easy to make and use, biodegrade in the soil and worms like munching them too! Participants will learn how to make their own pot and will get to plant a herb or vegetable seedling to take home.

Insect/ Bee Hotels

Why pollination is an important part of our vegetable gardens and what insects and bees help with this process? Each participant will learn what materials you can collect from home and make a small insect hotel while learning fun facts about bees.

Beeswax Wraps

Beeswax wraps are a reusable, washable and sustainable alternative to single-use plastic and cling wrap. Participants will be able to learn how to make a beeswax wrap, using organic cotton and beeswax.

Recycled Paper Making

A hands on look at how recycled paper is made. Discussion on where paper comes from and how important it is for us to recycle paper as many times as we can to save more trees from being cut down. Participants will get to mix shredded paper with water, adding colour, and using screens to press into recycled paper.

ResourceSmart Schools Program

  • Core (ResourceSmart schools): Session or meeting with regard to the core module and one of the actions.
  • Waste (ResourceSmart Schools): Session or meeting regarding the waste module and one of the actions.
  • Energy (ResourceSmart Schools): Session or meeting regarding the Energy module and one of the actions.
  • Water (ResourceSmart Schools): Session or meeting regarding the Water module and one of the actions.
  • Biodiversity (ResourceSmart Schools): Session or meeting regarding the Biodiversity module and one of the actions.

For more information on the program

Contact Council's Sustainability Education Officer Sharon Ray on (03) 5142 3265 or email SharonR@wellington.vic.gov.au

Our Education Program supports the ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative which provides practical support to schools and their communities to learn to live and work more sustainably.

Other great school-based programs

  • The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation helps children around the country to get their hands dirty and learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
  • Bug Blitz raises awareness about the wonders, mysteries, and importance of the world's biodiversity through hands-on activities in the field.

Sustainable Living Education Trailer

sustainable living education trailer

The Sustainable Living Education Trailer is a mobile and interactive display of sustainable actions. The trailer visits schools and community events in Wellington Shire as a part of our education program.

The trailer includes:

  • A solar-power standalone energy system to power the LCD screens and lap tops
  • Interactive displays for different age groups
  • Demonstrations and information films/DVD's
  • Plenty of handout information on all areas of household sustainability

The Gippsland Climate Change Network also has a solar trailer that can be used for education purposes.

This is vibrant option for whole of school and multi-school sessions, fetes, festivals and community events.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022