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 Chelsea on info@ecoss.org.au for enquiries.

 

Program Outline:

  
Compost and Worm Spaghetti30 minute activity.
We have worm spaghetti to share.  What magic do worms perform in your garden?  Come and check out our hot compost!
 
Activity tailored for all ages.  Also available as an incursion.
 
Tall Trees- 30 minute activity
 
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
 
Propagation Station and Hot House Tour.30 minute activity
Whilst propagating your own organic vegetable seedling to take home, learn about why we prefer organic vegetables and how to make your garden most successful.
Take a tour of the hothouses.
 
Also available as an incursion
 
ECOSS Discovery Tour. 1 hour activity

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 Goddes, Tiny Houses, Silvertyne Biodynamic farm and more.

Bees and Honey. 30 minute activity

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, alsong 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.

Ponding and Frog Bog. 45 minute activity 
 
What critters do you think wriggle in our ponds?  Come and get hands on experience catching, identifying and understanding our mini-beasts and frogs.
 
In our frog bog, 45 minutes
 
Sustainable Building Project. 1 + hours
Get hands on and work on our latest Sustainable Building Project.   Current projects include our Earthship and Koori Cubby.  This could include a number of Sustainable Building Techniques including earth building, glass bottle walls, Cob, carpentry, straw bale and more.  Gain an understanding of passive solar design. Guided by our experienced ECOSS Earth Education staff.
 

Relab Upcycling Project. 30 minute activity

Join in with our Co-locators Relab in an upcycling activity.  This includes green woodworking, craft and upcycling activity that is individually designed to the age of your students, with a ‘take home’ component.

Clay Play in Community Pottery Studio. 1 hour activity

Keeping traditional hand skills alive in the Community Pottery Studio Yarra Valley.  Storytelling and clay play facilitated by Dakini or Lucy in the Community Pottery Studio at ECOSS.  Separate fee structure applies depending on firing/ glazing requests.

 
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.
 
Break it Down
How long does it take to decompose?
 
Take a look at your lunch waste.
What is it made of?
What resources has it consumed in it’s short life?
What happens after we throw it in the bin?
 
Also available as an incursion.
 
 

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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