Early Childhood

The Ecoss Early Childhood Program is an enjoyable excursion for pre-school children providing hands-on, fun environmental education activities. Each program is led by an experienced Ecoss Education Facilitator and can be adapted to suit individual group needs. Activities have been designed to immerse your class in experience-based learning creating connections through gardening, play, story and the child’s imagination.

The experience at Ecoss aims to holistically work towards meeting the VEYLDF and EYLF curriculum outcomes including connection to their environment and natural world and promoting a sense of well being. The activities allow teachers and educators to reflect on their curriculum around sustainability concepts and environmental awareness as they work towards National Quality Standards NQS 3.3 – “The service takes an active role in caring for its environment and contributes to a sustainable future” (3.3.1 and 3.3.2).

Each activity session usually runs for approximately 40 minutes and is tailored to the age and ability of each student group.

You can choose up to 4 sessions for a full day program or less if you would like a 3/4 or 1/2 day program or just a tour. We can be very flexible in the activities that we conduct, and we are happy to put together a program for your students that specifically addresses your particular curriculum needs.

For bookings and further information email: eartheducation@ecoss.org.au or phone (03) 5967 2416

Program Outline:

Ecoss Discovery Tour
Discover the riches of ECOSS including the Natural Building Centre, Community Garden, Heritage Apple Espalia Orchard, Chook pen, Fragrant Herb Garden, Cultural Homes of the World, Indigenous Reconciliation Conversation Pit, Earth Goddess, Tiny Houses, Silvertyne Biodynamic farm, and more.
1 hour

Indigenous workshop
The tailored curriculum includes Aboriginal song and dance, Didgeridoo performances and workshops on aspects of Aboriginal culture including art, bushfood and storytelling. The emphasis is on student involvement, which cultivates a sense of community.
Facilitated by Didgeridoo Australia, Ganga Giri 
didgeridoo virtuoso and descendant of the Palawa people of Tasmania
1 hour

Cost extra $350

Tall Trees
Learn about the tallest trees where the Leadbeaters possum lives that provide our drinking water and the vision in action to protect them for the future. Become wardens of the forest.
Facilitated by Warburton Environment
45 minutes

Bees & Honey
Bees play a major role in our ecosystem as well as being a wonderful way for children to learn more about communal insects. The live observation hive at Ecoss, along with our trained beekeeper, allows the children to see right inside the secret world of the hive, and learn all about why honey bees are important to our food production and our environment. Children also enjoy eating fresh honey comb out of the hive.
– by Yarra Valley Bee Group
45 minutes

Also available as an incursion

Compost and Worm Spaghetti
We have worm spaghetti to share. What magic do worms perform in your garden? Learn all about improving soil, the importance of soil health and how to make your own compost.
Also available as an incursion
45 minutes

Propagation Station
While propagating your own organic seasonal vegetable seedling to take home, learn about how food grows, the life cycle of plants and how to make your garden thrive.
45 minutes
Also available as an incursion

Upcycling & Nature Art
Make your own creation from up-cycled materials and natural seasonal objects. From sewing to weaving, chop and knot t-shirt bags, dream catchers to the Art of Mending, everyone can create something beautiful to take home.
Facilitated by ReLab
45 minutes

Sustainable Gardening
Get your hands dirty in the community garden and learn the skills to grow your own food. Seasonal activities include seed collection and propagation, planting, composting, harvesting, weeding, watering, and how to design and maintain your own garden.
45 minutes
Also available as an incursion

Clay Play
Enjoy making your own creation under the guidance of the artists at Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley. 
Extra $20/class to cover materials costs. Firing is possible for a small cost or take home un-fired
30 minutes to 1.5 hours

Discover the Magic of Aromatic Herbs
Let your tastebuds lead the way with this fun imaginative activity.
Available as Incursion
20 minutes

Wood fired Pizza Cooking
Make your own delicious pizza from fresh, raw ingredients. Begin with freshly picking your own choice of seasonal produce in the garden. whip up your dough and learn how to bake in our wood-fired mud brick oven.
$5/person

Bush Cubby Building
Create your own bush shelter with found objects from the natural environment. 

Guided Bush Revegetation (seasonal)
Come and learn about the vital role of indigenous plants while participating in a very hands on way to regenerating the local bush and helping to restore local habitats.

 

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