ECOSS Education Experience- Community Groups

Welcome to ECOSS Adult and Community Education.

ECOSS Thanks the generous support of Yarra Ranges Council, enabling us to offer the first 30 Education Program bookings at a 50% reduced rate.

Welcome to the ECOSS Education Program. We are very excited to be able to offer groups such an innovative experiential program at a very low cost.

Please talk to us to plan a packaged or tailor-made program for your group, email:

Length of visit      Minimum charge per group

1 hour (1 activity/tour)    $130 ($6.50/person)

2 hours (2 activities)1/2 day $290 ($14.50/person)         

3 hours (3 activities)/ 3/4 day      $380 ($19/person)                                             

4 hours (4 activities)/full day      $470 ($23.50/person)

Prices are per person, based on a minimum group size of 20 people. Prices are GST inclusive.
For bookings and further information email: or phone (03) 5967 2416

Program Outline:

Design your own program with the activities below.  

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, Tiny Houses, Silvertyne Organic 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, bush food 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

Alternatively you may book a 2 hour forest tour with Karina Doughty- President of Warburton Environment.  You will meet Karina onsite at designated location.

Call Karina to discuss options on: 0416 181 171.   Minimum fee $200- more than 20 people an extra $10 per head.

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

Composting Activity

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

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

Community Pottery Studio Activity

Enjoy making your own creation under the guidance of the artists at Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley.
Extra $60/class to cover materials costs. Firing is possible for a small cost or take home un-fired
45 minutes / or book multiple sessions.

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/extra per person

Bush Regeneration (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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