Education Program

Welcome to the ECOSS Schools Program.  We are very excited to be able to offer schools such an innovative program at a very low cost.   Included in our schools program are subjects that align with many learning outcomes.  

Incursions: $450 for 4 hrs
Excursions: $400 for up to 20 children for full day
+$12.50 for each extra child

Cancellation fees apply.


Please email Kylie on eartheducation@ecoss.org.au for enquiries

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.
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education
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
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education
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
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education
30 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
Also available as an incursion
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education


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.
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education
Also available as an incursion
30 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.
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education 30 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
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education
30 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.
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education
Also available as an incursion

Sustainable Building Project
Participate in the latest sustainable building project, including learning straw bale, cob, Earthship building and more. Gain understanding of passive solar design.
Primary and Secondary Education
1+ hours

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
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education
30 minutes to 1.5 hours

Discover the Magic of Aromatic Herbs
Let your tastebuds lead the way with this fun imaginative activity.
Early childhood
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
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education

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

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.
Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education

Tree to Chair
Craft your own chair from a tree while learning traditional woodworking skills.
Workshop runs over 1 day/week for a term.
Extra costs for materials apply.
Facilitated by Tom Neil artisan natural builder

Ongoing Long Term Projects
Schools participate in an ongoing Sustainable Building Project 1 day per week for an entire Term. This may include straw bale, cob, mud brick and Earthship building.
Secondary and VCAL Students 

  
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