Education

"Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile" - Abu Bakr

We all have a responsibility to look after our planet and Wagga Wagga City Council believes education is a valuable tool in engaging residents of all ages in behaviour that promotes the sustainability of our City.

School Education

Sustainability is increasingly becoming an important aspect of all studies. Wagga Wagga City Council aims to assist teachers in the delivery of sustainability education through the Schools Sustainability Sessions program available for free schools. Council also supports Schools' who carry out Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day activities through the provision of resources. Principal's are contacted directly regarding these events.

School Sustainability Sessions

The Environmental Education Officer is available for free in school workshops throughout the school year.

Below is a list of available workshops:

Workshop: Got it sorted?

Suggested stages: Preschool and Primary
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1 hour
About this session: The way we think about waste is changing and not just at the kerbside! This workshop explores the new waste service and how our scraps become valuable compost. Students will learn what wastes should go where and explores creative ideas on how we can avoid making waste in the first place.

Workshop: How we use water

Suggested stages: Preschool and Primary
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1 hour
About this session: Throughout this workshop, students will learn where our water comes from, how much is available, and how water is used throughout Australia. This workshop will engage with students to develop ways they can conserve water that can be used throughout their home.

Workshop: Cleaning up our catchment

Suggested stages: Preschool and Primary
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1 hour
About this session: Water is a precious resource, but the activities that take place within a catchment can affect the quality of the water in our creeks, rivers and lakes. This workshop demonstrates how our actions can affect water-ways, the animals that live there and ultimately the water we drink.

Workshop: Biodiversity blooms!

Suggested stages: Preschool and Primary
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1 hour
About the session: Through this workshop students will learn the basics of biodiversity including what it is, why it is important and how we can all assist in enhancing our natural environment. This workshop also includes a school-ground biodiversity investigation either through a Minibeast Hunt or Biodiversity Audit depending on the year group.

Workshop: Marrambidya Wetland Wander

Suggested stages: Stage 3 – Secondary
Type: Excursion
Time allocation: 2 hours on site
Location: Marrambidya Wetland, 100 Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga
About this session: The Marrambidya Wetland, covering 6ha of ponds, was officially opened in June 2016 and has since been welcoming migratory birds, possums and visitors alike. This site has seen the transformation of redundant treatment ponds from the Narrung Street Sewage Treatment Works into the Marrambidya Wetland where students can learn of the importance of wetlands in riverine ecosystems.
Following an introduction to the site, students can undertake water bug investigations to determine water quality, conduct nest box fauna surveys, identify birds from the bird hide, view the site from the elevated viewing platform and reflect in the Healing Place.

Important information:

  • Maximum 60 students on site
  • Toilet facilities are available on site
  • Students must wear enclosed footwear, sun protection including hats and bring along a bottle of water
  • There are no bins on site so all rubbish must be taken away
  • Schools are required to arrange their own transport to and from site
  • Activities carried out are dependent on the time available on site

Urban Salinity Tour

Suggested stages: Secondary
Type: Excursion
Time allocation: 2 hours
About this session:
Urban salinity is an issue of great concern to the residents of Wagga Wagga. Urban salinity is the accumulation of salt in the upper limits of the soil profile due to a high water table. Salt can impact roads, footpaths, vegetation and buildings.  
The tour considers the causes of urban salinity,  how urban salinity affects our community and looks at the various management strategies that have been implemented by Council and other stakeholders.
The urban salinity tour is suited to senior students, with most participants studying year 10 geography

Important information:

  • Schools are required to provide transport for the students to and between the sites
  • Maximum 60 students on tour
  • There are no toilet facilities at the sites
  • Students must wear enclosed footwear, sun protection including hats and bring along a bottle of water

This is also offered as an incursion in a presentation format.

Workshop: Be Sharps Smart!

Suggested stages: Preschool and Primary
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1 hour
About the session: Join Needles and friends in an interactive session to learn what it takes to Be Sharps Smart. Wagga Wagga City Council has embarked on an innovative approach to engage, educate and help children learn about sharps. A published book educates children to identify sharps and its dangers in open public spaces. It helps to understand the action that needs to be taken when sharps are spotted. Children learn to step back and tell an adult straight away. Adults are educated on the processes to follow should they observe or be notified of sharps in public spaces.

To book a Be Sharp Smart workshop, please contact the Environmental Health Team on 1300 292 442.

Community Education

Wagga Wagga City Council hosts workshops throughout the year on various topics related to our environment.

The Environmental Education Officer is also available to attend community group meetings and gatherings to discuss sustainability and current Council projects.

See our events page for upcoming community workshops.

Further Information:

Environmental Education Officer: Sam Parsell
Phone: 1300 292 442
Email: Parsell.Samantha@wagga.nsw.gov.au