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Come and immerse your class in experience-based learning creating connections through gardening, stories and inspiration from the beautiful outdoor environment at Ecoss. Children learn through hands-on activity sessions. Each program is led by an experienced Ecoss Education Facilitator and can be adapted to suit individual group needs. Research has shown that health and well being is interconnected with time spent in natural environments.

The following programs incorporate the Victorian Curriculum. They provide an excellent means of teaching across the learning areas in an integrated way.

Each activity runs for approximately 45 minutes and is tailored to the age and ability of each student group.

Our programs are aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F-10, where sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority.

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

2020 Prices
Length of visit                                   Price per student (GST inclusive)          Minimum per group
1 hour (1 activity/tour)                       $6                                                              $120

2 hours (2 activities)1/2 day             $14                                                            $280

3 hours (3 activities)/ 3/4 day         $17                                                            $340

4 hours (4 activities)/full day          $19                                                            $380

Prices are per person, based on a minimum group size of 20 people. Prices are GST inclusive.
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.
Facilitated 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.
Also available as an incursion
45 minutes

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.
1+ hours

Clay Play
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/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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