To connect through education to advance understandings and actions in relation to environmental and sustainability issues across all communities and education sectors.
The WA Chapter is unique, involving a broad cross-section of environmental educators from diverse areas such as schools, government agencies, industry, universities, technical and further education centres, zoos, museums, parks and reserves, environmental education centres and community and conservation groups.
The Chapter meets on the third Thursday of every month, at the Canning River Eco Education Centre, Kent Street, Wilson from 4.00 to 5.30.
There are regular events throughout the year that members have developed for particular groups. These include:
Catchments, Corridors and Coasts (January), a three day program that provides a snapshot of environmental education in WA that is held each January. The program exists because of our network and enables us to educate teachers, students, community and government groups about the programs operating through the Perth region.
Earth Day Expo (April) provides an all day event for primary aged children and is held at the Canning River Eco Education Centre and Edith Cowan University Joondalup in early April, the international event is held on the 22nd April. Members are invited to give hands on workshops to groups of children to promote sustainable living and the joy of nurturing the earth.
Biological Earth Environmental Science Yr 9 – 11 Day (BEES Day) allows presenters to share their passion about their work in those fields and encourage students to consider these subjects in Yr 11 & Yr 12. The enthusiastic and informative hands on sessions help students see the importance of good sciences for our future and is held at the Central Institute of Technology, Perth.
The Science Week Community Expo (August) is held annually in National Science Week at the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC). The theme of the Expo changes each year but revolves around the senses with presentations, workshops, activities and displays focused on this theme. A youth competition is run in conjunction with the Expo where Kindy – Year 6 children can design a logo that will be used on a banner to advertise the theme of the Expo
The Turtle Watch program is dedicated to providing information about the Oblong or Long-neck Turtle (Chelodina colliei) of the south-west of Western Australia. A Fact Sheet about these turtles is available, turtle sightings can be reported to one of the Turtle Watch Environment Centres and schools are encouraged to become a Turtle Watch Accredited School.
Western Australian Education for Sustainability Forum (November) this forum gives practitioners from all sectors the opportunity to share their work with others and form links to better support each other in future projects. This event brings together practical on-ground project, school endeavours and tertiary research practitioners so who knows what robust partnerships will develop so join us and find out.
Little Green Steps WA is a not for profit program that supports Education for Sustainability (EfS) in early learning centres in Western Australia. This includes childcare centres, preschools, family day care, kindergartens, after school care and long day care services for children aged 0-8 years. A trial and implementation phase was supported with grants from Lotterywest and the program is now supporting a range of early years centres. We are also working with the Cockburn City Council to provide support for their local communities in the early years. A new initiative has also been undertaken with the WA Waste Authority to produce kits for early years educators about waste reduction. For more information go to www.littlegreenstepswa.org.au
The WA Chapter have also worked together to provide a directory of programs and contacts for help across the sustainability areas. Please visit us and see what else we are up to at www.aaeewa.org.au.
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