Practical Earth Education Schools Program and School Holiday 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:

  
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.
 
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.  Also available as an incursion. 30 minutes.
 
Propagation Station.
Whilst propagating your own organic 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.  Also available as an incursion. 30 minutes.
 
 
ECOSS Discovery Tour

Discover the riches of ECOSS including the Natural Building Centre, the Organic Seedling Hot Houses, Community Garden, Heritage Apple Espalia Orchard, Chook pen, Fragrant Herb Garden, Cultural Homes of the World, Indigenous Reconciliation Conversation Fire Pit, Earth Goddess, Tiny Houses, Silvertine Biodynamic farm and more.

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

  
Sustainable Building Project
Participate in the latest Sustainable Building Project, including learning earth building, glass bottle walls, Cob, straw bale, earthship building and more.  Gain an understanding of passive solar design.
 
Primary and Secondary Education. 1 + hours

Upcycling and Nature Art

Make your own creation from up-cycled materials and natural seasonal objects.  From sewing to weaving, chop and know t-shirt bags, dream catchers to the Art of Mending, everyone can create something beautiful to take home.

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

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- 1.5hours.

 
Discover the Magic of Aromatic Herbs. 20 minutes
Let your tastebuds lead the way with this fun imaginative activity.
 
Early Childhood Activity, 20 minutes Available as an incursion.
 
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 and 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
 
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
 
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.
 
Secondary and VCAL students
Ongoing Term Long 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.

The following classes are currently unavailable:

Sustainable Building Techniques, Demonstration and Theory. 1 1/2 hours or activity time can be designed to schools needs, VCE level activity

In this practical lesson we look into ‘what is shelter’, what are the essentials in building design, passive solar design.  We measure temperatures of model houses when placed in different orientations to the sun, the function of eves, thermal mass, and insulation.
This subject is very progressive and will definitely leave you considering your future designs for your choice in living environments.
 
Harvesting Natural Energies. 3.5hours Year 9-12 students.
Students gain understanding of solar, hydro, and wind power.  Look into the mechanisms of harnessing power from these elements, how much power can be harnessed?  How does it work?  Students gain electronics knowledge and get to make small conductors using electronics tools. 
 
 
 
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