Environmental Education for the Community

School holiday environmental education programs

The City delivers a number of popular free and low-cost environmental education programs each school holidays. 

An overview of the programs is provided below. Detailed information on activities, and dates can be found on the Events and Workshops page.

Get Wild About Wetlands

The City in partnership with The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn offers a range of exciting education sessions, hands-on activities, eco-walks, talks and night stalks! Learn more about our wetlands and natural environment. Be quick as sessions book out fast! Registrations are essential.

WA Wildlife School Holiday Program

WA Widlife is a not-for-profit organisation that provides medical care and rehabilitation services for injured native wildlife. Join WA Wildlife for their exciting wildlife and nature-based education holiday programs for kids. Learn about native animal rehabilitation and how to protect wildlife.

Nearer To Nature

The City in partnership with Department of Biodiversity, Conservations and Attractions presents Nearer to Nature, a school holiday program with fun hands-on activities that explore Cockburn's wonderful coastal environment. 

City of Cockburn residents can receive 50% for 1 ticket per booking for use on selected activities. Use code and enter your suburb when booking.

Know Your Patch

The City in partnership with Department of Biodiversity, Conservations and Attractions presents Know Your Patch, a school holiday program with fun hands-on activities that explore our wonderful environment. 

Clean-up Cockburn 

Clean-up Cockburn is a community litter prevention program offering one-off clean-up events for the community. Clean-up days can be arranged for individuals, groups of friends and family, local organisational, businesses and more. The City support s a range of ways to Clean-up Cockburn including:
Adopt A Spot - Looking to run a one off event in your local area, or 'adopt' a reserve or beach? The City has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Keep Australia Beautiful (KABC) provide volunteers with rubbish-collecting equipment including bags, tongs and gloves and insurance. Register your clean-up event through the Adopt A Spot program you'll get everything you need to get started.
Clean Up Australia Day - join the City at this annual clean-up event in March, all equipment is provided. Clean Up Australia Day is a national event running since 1990.
If your clean-up event doesn't fit into one of these categories, please contact the City’s Waste Education Team on 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].

Citizen Science Programs

The City supports a range of citizen science projects in partnership with local researchers and environmental groups. Data collected from these projects helps inform management of our natural areas and builds genuine partnerships with the community. If you would like to be involved in a citizen science project in the Cockburn area we’d love your help. All ages are welcome and we’re happy to help guide you to an opportunity that suits your interest.

Great Cocky Count - The Great Cocky Count (GCC) is a long-term citizen science survey and the biggest single survey for black-cockatoos in Western Australia. On one night in autumn, volunteers monitor known roost sites and count black-cockatoos as they come in to their evening roosts. Records submitted from across the southwest provide a snapshot of black-cockatoo populations, and over time this has helped us quantify the changes in black-cockatoo numbers.

Aussie Bird Count - The Aussie Bird Count is an activity for all-ages that involves observing and counting the birds that live near you – whether that’s in your garden, the local park, a beach or even your town centre. By telling us about the birds you’ve seen within a 20 minute period in October every year. Data from this count gives us a snapshot of Australian birds and understand trends in our bird communities from year to year. 

Frog ID Week - FrogID Week is Australia’s Biggest Frog Count, held annually for Australians to help record frog calls through the free FrogID app, as a measurement of frog health and distribution around the nation. It aims to monitor frog distributions over time, helping us to understand how frogs and their ecosystems are responding to a changing planet. Held in November.

Turtle Trackers – Citizen Science Program

The Turtle Trackers program is dedicated helping protect our local Snake-Necked Turtle and encourages community members to report turtle sightings in support of scientific research as well as protect nesting turtles. Volunteers are required to commit to regular tracking shifts at local wetlands during the nesting season (September-November). 

If you would like to get involved please contact the City’s Environmental Education Officers on 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].

More information and contact

To find out more about environmental education for the community, please contact the City’s Environmental Education Officer on 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected].



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