The natural classroom
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Jan 2022

A large variety of council-supported environmental education programs and events are available to schools, from hands on activities to self-guided excursions which explore a wide range of sustainability, conservation and wildlife themes throughout our local Sunshine Coast bushland and coastline.

Please note availability of some activities may vary depending on staff availability and waiting lists may apply.

Program  Description Activity Style of activity Theme Age Group  Find out more 
Beach Clean Up Program
We partner with volunteers, schools, businesses and community groups to protect our local beaches and coastal environments from litter and marine debris. Marine debris litter collection from beaches.
Litter sorting and recording with Tangaroa Blue.
Schools Beach Clean Up Event.

Hands-on
Make a difference
Excursion

Coastal
Sustainability
Year 4 - 12 Website link
BushCare Mates A school conservation program that uses bushcare and tree planting to educate and inspire students to connect with their local environment while fostering a sense of community. Funding for transport available. Tree planting
Hand weeding
Educational workshops

Hands-on
Make a difference
Excursion
Workshop

Conservation
Plants
Coastal
Rivers and catchments
Wildlife

 

All school ages – must be able to take direction.
Website link
Bush Hands eNews Council's environment themed email newsletter with articles focusing on topics such as latest conservation techniques, volunteering opportunities, upcoming events, plant and animal profiles, land management advice, updates on council's environment programs and projects and more. Email newsletter Resources Coastal
Rivers and catchments
Water
Wildlife
Fire
Cultural heritage
Conservation
Plants
Sustainability
Middle - secondary school Subscribe and see past issues.
Coastal Discovery Van & Clean Ocean Champions Is a new educational tool, fitted with interpretative and information displays. These show coastal processes that influence our beaches and waterways. Online lessons and activities in Coastal Guardian passport. Workshop
Online resources
Incursion
Resources
Coastal All school ages – must be able to take direction.  Website link
Environment resources and publications Information sheets, brochures, articles, videos and links.
Online information for teaching or school projects
Resources Coastal
Rivers and catchments
Water
Wildlife
Fire
Cultural heritage
Conservation
Plants
Sustainability
All ages Website link
Kids in Action A program inspiring positive action and capacity amongst our future environmental custodians. The program brings schools together to explore local environmental issues. Day of workshops
Conference

Excursion
Self-guided

Connecting to Country
First Nations
Citizen science
Climate change
Wildlife
Plants
Designed primarily for students from Years 5-8. Website link
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens Self-guided walks/experiences to discover the story of the natural landscape that shapes the character of the Sunshine Coast. Self-guided walks  Excursion

Connecting to Country
First Nations
Citizen science
Wildlife
Plants
Art in Nature

 All ages  Website link
Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary Pre-booked guided walks are conducted by volunteer guides with a passion for sharing the stories of the plants and animals that make the wetlands unique. Guided walks
 Excursion
Connecting to Country
First Nations
Citizen science
Climate change
Wildlife
Plants
Wetlands Habitat
All school ages – must be able to take direction. 
Website link
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Pre-booked guided walks are conducted by volunteer guides with a passion for sharing the stories of the plants, animals and fungi that make the reserve special. Guided walks
 Excursion
Connecting to Country
First Nations
Citizen science
Climate change
Wildlife
Plants
All school ages – must be able to take direction. 
Website link
Schools National Tree Day A national day for schools to get involved in planting trees, generally held annually on the last friday in July. We can coordinate tree planting activities in council’s environment reserves on this day or anytime of the year. Funding for transport available.
Tree planting
Hands-on
Make a difference
Excursion
Conservation
Plants
Coastal
Rivers and catchments
Wildlife
All school ages – must be able to take direction.
Delivered through BushCare Mates program
Waste 2 Resource Education Program A service provided free to schools on the Sunshine Coast. The program teaches students, parents and teachers about the '3Rs' (reduce, reuse and recycle).  In class talks Incursion
Resources
Sustainability All pre-school and school ages Website link