Environmental Education for Schools and Educators

Wetlands to Waves environmental education program

The Wetlands to Waves program offers local schools a range of environmental education for sustainability activities, to assist teachers to deliver best practice education linked to the current curriculum.

To find out more about any of the activities, or to book an excursion, please contact the City’s Environmental Education Officer on 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected]

Activities on offer to schools include:
Clean-up day
We can help you to tailor a clean-up day to suit the needs of your class. 

Clean-up days can be run at wetlands, parks, bushland or beaches.
Coogee Maritime Trail excursion
The Coogee Maritime Trail provides an interactive experience into maritime archaeology and marine biology experience. 

The trail includes both land and sea attractions, including:
  • Underwater wreck and sculptures
  • Artificial reef
  • WA Museum artifacts.
Half day snorkelling and walking excursions can be arranged for small groups.
Exploring climate change excursion
Suitable for students years 10-12, this excursion provides insight into what the City is doing to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The excursion includes site visits to coastal and wetland ecosystems where students can see how climate change is impacting the City and what restoration activities are being undertaken.

Half and full day excursions are available.
Revegetation for habitat creation excursion
This excursion offers students the opportunity to help in restoring and rehabilitating a local area, with a focus on revegetating habitats for native fauna (including bandicoots, reptiles, water birds, turtles and the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo). 

Half and full day excursions can be arranged for small groups. 
Turtle watch program
This program provides an opportunity for students to learn about the Snake-neck Turtle (Chelodina colliei) of the south-west of Western Australia. Other than the critically endangered western swamp tortoise, they are the only native freshwater turtle species found throughout Perth and have an important role to play in wetland and river health.

The program includes classroom activities, an excursion to the Wetlands Precinct at Bibra Lake and free resources.
Classes work towards a Turtle Watch School Accreditation. 

The program is offered in partnership with the Australian Association for Environmental Education Western Australia (AAEEWA), The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn and WA Wildlife.
Environmental education kits and tours

The City offers the following environmental education kits to encourage your class to discover our natural environment:

  • Bird identification class kit - includes binoculars and bird ID booklets
  • Ocean fauna snorkel class kit - includes Coogee Maritime Trail dive cards and snorkels
  • Beachcomber’s class class kit - includes beachcombing guide books
  • Coogee Maritime Trail class kit - includes dive cards and Omeo Shipwreck booklet

The kits are designed for self-guided groups However, by arrangements, the City does offer guided tours.

Environmental education grants 

The Environmental Education for Schools Grants  provides schools with funding for one-off activities, to be delivered by professionals in the field of environmental education for sustainability. 

Other grants available to schools include the Sustainability Grants Program (A Better Tomorrow) and the Native Plant Subsidy.

World Environment Day School Festival - June 

This free school festival provides ten lucky schools (one class/school) with the chance to inspire students to celebrate and take responsibility to care for the earth. 

Packed full of fun and interactive environmental education, the festival includes:
  • Native animal encounters
  • Tree planting
  • Cultural sessions
  • Water themed investigations and more! 
Bus transport is provided.

The festival is provided in partnership with The Wetlands Centre, CockburnWA Wildlife and Bibra Lake Scouts.

This festival is only available to schools within the City of Cockburn.

Registrations open 2023.

Adopt A Beach program

City of Cockburn schools can access the Adopt A Beach school program for free. This program helps students experience, learn about and conserve our coastal and marine environments. Students are able to engage in a variety of hands-on experiences at their local beach or in the classroom. Primary school and secondary school activities are linked to the WA Curriculum.

The program includes coastal and marine focused in-class and excursion activities at Perth beaches. Transport subsidies to help schools with excursion costs are available (conditions apply). All sessions are facilitated by experienced environmental educators. To find out more about the program and secure your spot visit the Adopt A Beach website, contact the Adopt A Beach Coordinator on 08 9374 3304 or email [email protected].

Little Green Steps 

Little Green Steps WA work with early childhood services to help children embrace the concept of sustainability from a very young age, while assisting adults and children to actively contribute to a sustainable future. 

Little Green Steps WA works with day care centres, family day care, in home day care, kindergartens, pre-primaries, playgroups and all other services involved with young children.

The City of Cockburn works in partnership with LGSWA to provide fully subsidised sustainability workshops for early childhood teachers and educators, exploring:

  • What sustainability means
  • Reducing waste, energy and water use
  • Green cleaning
  • Learning from other cultures.

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

More information and contact 

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



City of Cockburn
Whadjuk Boodja
9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

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