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Sunshine Coast education programs

We have a large variety of education programs and events available to schools and groups.

Sunshine Coast education programs

A large variety of council-supported education programs and events are available to schools and groups, from hands on activities to self-guided excursions which explore a wide range of sustainability, conservation, pet education and wildlife themes.

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

See the table below for more program information and to book.

ProgramDescriptionActivityStyle of activityThemeAge Find out more or book

Bankfoot House Education Program


Free education program linked to the National Curriculum. Hands on activities include butter making, wash day, farming, and heritage tours through the 1868 house.Hands on activitiesExcursionSunshine Coast pioneering historyPrimary school studentsWebsite link 
Bat ChatsA service provided free to schools on the Sunshine Coast. A lesson where a conservation officer teaches students and teachers about the ecological importance of flying-foxes and students are required to problem-solve how to manage an urban roost.In class talksEducational workshopWildlife Conservation First NationsYear 3 - 8Email for officer availability.
BatPodA self-guided podcast where listeners become junior conservation officers. The podcast shares First Nations knowledge, factual information and expert guidance to encourage student’s empathy towards both flying-foxes and humans and inspire solutions.Incursion resourcesChoose-your-own adventure podcast Self-guidedWildlife Conservation First NationsYear 3 - 8Listen to the podcast here.
Beach Clean Up ProgramWe 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 ExcursionCoastal SustainabilityYear 4 - 12Website link
Biodiversity EducationIs a FREE, fun educational program designed for all ages. Fill in this form to book in for a Invasive Species Awareness workshop. WorkshopIncursion

Sustainability

Conservation


Book online
BushCare MatesA 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 workshopsHands-on Make a difference Excursion WorkshopConservation Plants Coastal Rivers and catchments WildlifeAll school ages – must be able to take direction.

Website link

or book online

Coastal Discovery Van & Clean Ocean ChampionsIs 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 resourcesIncursion ResourcesCoastalAll school ages – must be able to take direction.Website link
Environment resources and publicationsInformation sheets, brochures, articles, videos and links.Online information for teaching or school projectsResourcesCoastal Rivers and catchments Water Wildlife Fire Cultural heritage Conservation Plants SustainabilityAll agesWebsite link
Kids in ActionA program inspiring positive action and capacity amongst our future environmental custodians. The program brings schools together to explore local environmental issues.Day of workshops ConferenceExcursionSelf-guidedConnecting to Country First Nations Citizen science Climate change Wildlife PlantsDesigned primarily for students from Years 5-8.Website link
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic GardensSelf-guided walks/experiences to discover the story of the natural landscape that shapes the character of the Sunshine Coast.Self-guided walksExcursionConnecting to Country First Nations Citizen science Wildlife Plants Art in NatureAll agesWebsite link
Maroochy Wetlands SanctuaryPre-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 walksExcursionConnecting to Country First Nations Citizen science Climate change Wildlife Plants Wetlands HabitatAll school ages – must be able to take direction.Website link
Mary Cairncross Scenic ReservePre-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 walksExcursionConnecting to Country First Nations Citizen science Climate change Wildlife PlantsAll school ages – must be able to take direction.Website link
Night Creatures library talksLibrary talks provided free to the community, to promote the ecological importance of flying-foxes and the role of wildlife carers.Library talksEducational workshopWildlife ConservationAll agesContact Sunshine Coast libraries

Rocky shore fact sheet


View our free rocky shore species identification fact sheet and marvel at the magic of life among the rocks.Online resourceResourcesCoastalAll agesDownload here
Schools National Tree DayA 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 plantingHands-on Make a difference ExcursionConservation Plants Coastal Rivers and catchments WildlifeAll school ages – must be able to take direction.Delivered through BushCare Mates program
Smart Paws Pet AwarenessA fun and educational program on responsible pet ownership and dog bite prevention. The program has been designed to help children understand how to interact with animals confidently and safely.In class talksIncursionResponsible pet ownershipPrep - Year 6Website Link or book online
Turtle ConservationA service provided free to schools on the Sunshine Coast. This program teaches students and teachers about the lifecycle, biology and threats to our critically endangered loggerhead turtles who nest on our beaches each summer. A fun program which is tailored to specific age groups.In class talk Educational workshopWildlife ConservationYear 1 - 7Email with preferred date and time for availability.
Waste 2 Resource Education ProgramA 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 talksIncursion ResourcesSustainabilityAll pre-school and school agesWebsite link or book online