Environmental Education

World Environment Day primary schools festival

This free festival takes place in June each year and is packed full of fun and interactive environmental education activities including wildlife encounters, tree planting, aboriginal adventures and more! Bus transport is provided. We host this event in partnership with the The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn, Native ARC Inc. and the Bibra Lake Scouts.

Little Green Steps

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.

Please see Little Green Steps WA for further program details.

Environmental education initiatives for schools program

The City of Cockburn is pleased to offer local schools a range of environmental education for sustainability initiatives to assist teachers to deliver best practice education linked to the current curriculum. We can tailor activities to your needs so please contact the City to discuss.

Environmental Education Grants are also available for primary and high schools and provide funding for activities to be delivered and facilitated by professionals in the field of environmental education for sustainability.

Please see Environmental Education for Schools Grant for further details and to apply.

Turtle watch

The Long-Necked 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. Visit Native Animals for more information.

The Turtle Watch program is dedicated to providing information about the Long-Necked Turtle and encourages community members to report turtle sightings in support of scientific research.

Adopt-a-Spot program

Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KAB WA) coordinate the community litter prevention program 'Adopt-a-Spot', which encourages individuals, community groups and businesses to 'adopt' a site in their local community. KAB and the City of Cockburn need the community's help in the fight against litter.
Five groups have already adopted a spot in the City. To 'adopt your local spot' contact the Keep Australia Beautiful Council opens in a new window.

School holiday environmental education programs

The City delivers a number of popular free and low-cost environmental education programs each school holidays. These events are run in partnership with the The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn and Native ARC where most events are held.

Native ARC School holiday program

Join Native ARC for exciting wildlife and nature-based education holiday programs for kids. Learn about native animal rehabilitation and how to protect wildlife.

Cockatoo KIDS Club

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

There are lots of exciting education sessions that make up the Get Wild About Wetlands school holiday program. Join us for an eco-walk, talk or night stalk! At the The Wetlands Centre, Cockburn. Be quick as sessions book out fast! Registrations essential.

More information and contact 

Please contact the Environmental Education Officer for more information on 08 9411 3444 or at environmentaleducation@cockburn.wa.gov.au 
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Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.