Education

School Sustainability Sessions

Schools and Preschools can access free workshops through Council's School Sustainability Sessions program. To request a session please select from the workshop options below and complete the online form. A Council officer will be in contact to confirm workshop details. A minimum of three weeks notice is appreciated.

Workshops are provided for free, however arrangement and cost of transport for workshops at the Marrambidya Wetland or the Urban Salinity Tour must be met by the school.

Preschool - ages 4 and up

Workshop: Bee-autiful Bees!
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 40 minutes
Delivered by: Murrumbidgee Landcare and Wagga Wagga City Council
About the session:
A healthy environment is made up of a diversity of living things. This workshop explores the importance of bees in our environment and how we can protect this important insect. Students will also learn basic bee safety.
A bee hotel will be provided to each participating preschool. The Bee Hotels are designed to attract Australian native bees. The hotels will be placed in an agreed location away from play areas.

Workshop: Be Sharps Smart
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1 hour
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council
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.

Primary School

Workshop: Planting our future
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1.5 hours
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council
About the session:
A healthy environment features a diverse range of plant species. Plants provide homes and food for bugs and animals, keep our city cool, and help keep our air clean.
Through this workshop students will learn of the importance of plants in the environment and how our own health is dependent on the health of vegetation. As part of the workshop each student will be provided with a seedling to plant within the school grounds. A name tag will be provided for each plant for the students to care for their own seedling as it grows.

Workshop: Our water, don’t waste it
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1.5 hours
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council and Riverina Water
About the session:
Water is one of our basic needs. This workshop will explore where our water comes from, what we use it for and how we can reduce wastage to ensure a healthy future.
As part of the workshop students will develop messages sharing their ideas for saving water that will be developed into a social media video. The clip will be shared through Wagga Wagga City Council and Riverina Water’s social media channels.

Workshop: Lake View
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1.5 hours
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council
About the session:
Lake Albert is a man-made lake built in the late 1800’s. The lake plays many important roles including recreation, irrigation, flood management and provides habitat. The management of the lake has long been debated, but how can we best meet the needs of its various uses?
Through this workshop students will gain an understanding of the history of the lake, its various uses and the stakeholders involved. A role play scenario will give students an understanding of the process undertaken by Council to make decisions.

Workshop: Be Sharps Smart
Type: Incursion
Time allocation: 1 hour
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council 
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.

Workshop: Marrambidya Wetland Wonder
Type: Excursion
Time allocation: 2-3 hours
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council 
Location: Marrambidya Wetland, 100 Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga
About the session:
Students will wander the beautiful Marrambidya Wetland and be invited to connect with this environment through the senses of touch, feel, smell and sight.
Students can reflect in the healing place, explore among the gunyas, search for squirrel gliders and create stories of their own experience of the wetland.
The wetland itself mimics the natural rise and fall of the Murrumbidgee River and is an important nursery, breeding ground and habitat for our local fauna.

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 minimal 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 allocated

Secondary School

Workshop name: Urban Salinity Tour
Type: Excursion
Time allocation: 2 hours
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council
Location: Various locations throughout Wagga Wagga
About the 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.

Important information:

  • Schools are required to provide transport for the students to and between the sites
  • 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 can also offered as an incursion in a presentation format.

Workshop name: Marrambidya Wetland
Type: Excursion
Time allocation: 2-3 hours on site
Delivered by: Wagga Wagga City Council 
Location: Marrambidya Wetland, 100 Narrung Street, Wagga Wagga
About the session:
Centrally located, the Marrambidya Wetland was officially open in June 2016 and has since welcomed migratory birds, possums, native fish and visitors alike. Mimicking a natural wetland, students will learn the importance of wetlands in a riverine ecosystem, providing nursery habitats for our local fauna and the altered water regimes of the Murrumbidgee River.
Students can undertake various activities including fresh water invertebrate investigations to determine water quality (seasonally available), conduct nest box fauna surveys, identify birds from our bird hides, 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 minimal 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 allocated

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: Alice Kent
Phone: 1300 292 442
Email: kent.alice@wagga.nsw.gov.au