Environmental Education

Wetlands To Waves Environmental Education Program

This 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.

Please contact the Environmental Education Officer for more information on 08 9411 3444 or at environmentaleducation@cockburn.wa.gov.au 

Activities on offer to schools:
Clean Up Day Activity
Arrange a clean-up day for your school.
Clean-up days can be run at:
  • Wetlands;
  • Park;
  • Bushland; and
  • Beach
Can tailor a clean-up day to suit your class’s needs.
Coogee Maritime Trail Excursion
Explore WA’s fascinating maritime archaeology and marine biology at the Coogee Maritime Trail.
Trail includes land and sea attractions such as:
  • Uderwater sculptures;
  • Artificial reef structures; and
  • WA Museum artefacts.
An interactive experience great for hands-on learning.
Suitable for small groups.
Half day excursion can include shore-based and/or snorkelling activities.
Exploring Climate Change Excursion
Learn what strategies and approaches the City is taking to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change and build community resilience.
Half and full day excursions available.
Suitable for years 10 - 12.
Excursion involves site visits to coastal and wetland ecosystems.
See first-hand how Climate Change is impacting the City.
Learn what environmental restoration actions are being taken.
Revegetation for Habitat Creation Excursion
Native plants help create habitat for native fauna such as bandicoots, reptiles, water birds and the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. This program offers a select number of classes the opportunity to help in restoring and rehabilitating a local area. These sessions are a practical way to teach kids about habitat values in an urban setting, with restoration occurring in various locations across Cockburn.
Turtle Watch Program
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.

Classes work towards a Turtle Watch School Accreditation. Program includes:
  • Classroom activities;
  • Free resources; and
  • Excursion to the Wetlands Precinct, Bibra Lake.
In partnership with the Australian Association for Environmental Education Western Australia (AAEEWA) opens in a new window, The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn and Native ARC.
Resources for Loan

The City offers a range of environmental education kits to encourage your class to discover our natural environment.
Kits are designed for self-guided groups, but by arrangement our Environmental Education Officers can take your class on a guided tour.

  • Bird ID Class Kits
  • Ocean Fauna Snorkel Class Kit
  • Beachcomber's Class Kit

Additional Round to open in August 2020

Due to COVID-19 the Environmental Education grant will be open again for submissisons in August and due 30 September 2020. Contact the Environmental Education Officer on 08 9411 3444 if you have any queries.

School Environmental Education Grants

Grants are available for schools to provide funding for one-off activities to be delivered by professionals in the field of environmental education for sustainability. See Environmental Education for Schools Grant for further details and to apply.

If you have an environmental or sustainability project you would like help with please contact the Grants & Research Officer on 08 9411 3444 or communitygrants@cockburn.wa.gov.au to discuss your options.  

World Environment Day School Festival - June 2021

Free schools festival taking place in June each year (2020 Festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19). Aims to inspire young people to celebrate and take responsibility to care for the earth. 
Packed full of fun and interactive environmental education activities.  
  • Native animal encounters;
  • Tree planting;
  • Cultural sessions;
  • Water themed investigations and more! 
In partnership with The Wetlands Centre, CockburnNative ARC and Bibra Lake Scouts.
Bus transport is provided.
Positions for ten schools are available (one class/school).

Be quick to secure your spot!

Catchments, Corridors and Coasts - Professional Development Sponsorships

Three day summer program taking you on a journey from the upper catchment, to the swan coastal plain and then coast.
Participants explore environmental education programs on offer around Perth, visiting over 15 organisations like Kanyana Wildlife, Perth Zoo, and Coastcare. It’s a practical hands-on program which focuses on learning through experience and skills development for environmental education practitioners in WA.

Two Cockburn sponsored positions are available. Contact the Environmental Education team to express your interest.

Presented by Australian Association for Environmental Education Western Australia (AAEEWA).

Please see Catchments, Corridors and Coasts for further program details.
The City delivers a number of popular free and low-cost environmental education programs each school holidays.

Cockatoo Kids Club School Holiday Program 

Cockatoo KIDS Club is for all kids who enjoy getting outdoors and are 'Wild about Wildlife!' Sessions take place on Fridays in the holidays at Native ARC and also at Canning River Eco-Education Centre. Complete the online membership form below to get involved.

Cockatoo KIDS Club Membership form 

Get Wild About Wetlands School Holiday Program 

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.

KIN Village School Holiday Program 

KIN Village is a ‘drop and leave’ school holiday program for 6-12 year olds that allows children to freely explore their world and community with the support of Nature Educators.
City of Cockburn residents can receive a discount when booking (one discounted ticket per family/household). Use code and enter your suburb when booking.

Native ARC School Holiday Program 

Native ARC is a not-for-profit organisation that provides medical care and rehabilitation services for injured native wildlife. Join Native ARC 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 School Holiday Program

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.

April School Holiday Environmental Education Activities 

Date Time Activity
Sunday 5 April - Monday 27 April Daily Nearer to Nature -Online School Holiday Activites
Monday 6 April - Friday 1 May Mon-Fri Set Times KIN Village Online - Free Family subsidy 
March - April All Month Autumn Backyard Bird Count
Sunday 12 April - Sunday 19 April All Week Wild Pollinator Count 2020
Wednesday 22 April All Day Earth Day

Clean Up Cockburn - Community Litter Prevention Program

Are you interested in organising a one-off clean-up event in your community?
Clean-up days can be arranged for individuals, group of friends, family, local organisations, environmental groups, religious groups, schools or businesses.
See Clean Up Cockcburn for more about information.

Little Green Steps - Early Learning Program

Little Green Steps WA (LGSWA) 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. LGSWA 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.

Turtle Trackers - Citizen Science Program

The Snake-neck Turtle (Chelodina colliei) has an oblong shell and a long neck. This turtle species is unique to the freshwater wetlands and waterways of the Perth metropolitan area and throughout the south west. Report your Long-Necked Turtle sighting!

The Turtle Trackers program is dedicated to providing information about the Long-Necked Turtle and encourages community members to report turtle sightings in support of scientific research.
Volunteers are needed to help protect this species during nesting season (September-November).
If you would like to get involved please email environmentaleducation@cockburn.wa.gov.au to find out more. Please contact the Environmental Education Officer for more information on 08 9411 3444 or at environmentaleducation@cockburn.wa.gov.au 
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