The Schools for Wildlife Program is designed to help students design and create a fully planted, wildlife friendly garden at your school, consisting of online and face-to-face sessions for both students and staff.
The program is comprised of six activities:
Site assessment (to assess garden site, no student involvement)
Teacher Professional Development Workshop (1hr webinar)
Online student incursion (1hr webinar) to build knowledge
In-person student incursion (X2 45min sessions) to design and plan for planting
In-person student incursion (X2 45min sessions) to plant garden at school
In-person student excursion (X1 45min session) to participate in a community planting in a local public space.
A selection of a group of no more than 30 students from Years 3 – 10 to engage in three incursions.
A CERES Student Programs educator will work with your school to participate in this exciting new program, engaging your students in the outdoors and positively influence their behaviours towards the natural environment.
Student incursions will include 3 sessions, structured as follows:
Incursion 1: 1 x 1hr online session
Students explore the importance of biodiversity, how living things are interconnected and why wildlife species are disappearing in urban areas to consider ways to protect ecosystems
Students engage in a habitat survey to determine what habitat is already available for local wildlife at their school (post-incursion activity)
Incursion 2: 2 x 45 minute sessions (in person)
Students explore how wildlife gardens are structured to provide habitat for lots of different wildlife species
Students are introduced to various indigenous plants that provide habitat for local wildlife species
Students engage in soil tests to check the soil PH, type and water absorption prior to planting
Students are supported to create a to scale design of their garden space
Incursion 3: 2 x 45 minute sessions (in person)
Students learn about gardening tools and how to use them safely
Students plant indigenous seedlings to create the wildlife garden
Students learn about about the needs of a newly planted garden and make a plan for how to ensure the garden is able to establish and flourish
Students consider ‘future additions’ to their garden to continue to increase the biodiversity of their school and improve habitat for wildlife
Location: At your school, and via an online platform
Cost: If your school is located in the following Council areas Banyule, Darebin, Hume, and Moreland you are eligible to participate in this program for FREE. If you are from a school outside of these areas, please contact us.
“Schools for Wildlife was an amazing opportunity for our school to build the biodiversity of our area. The students and myself have so much more knowledge of native plants to our area and have also leant what the planting process involves and how we can grow gardens in the future. The whole school has been immersed in this project and we’re so proud to have a new garden to show off to our local community.”
– Solway Primary School
“The incursions were so well-thought out and engaging, even for students who were not originally interested in biodiversity and wildlife. Allowing the students to design their own garden from the knowledge they learnt made them extremely excited to plant the real thing!“