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Environmental Education

students from Blairmount Primary School, displaying their educational artwork that aencourages people not to litter in their community

Together, we can help keep the environment clean and safe, now and into the future.

Education for our environment  

Did you know that our health and well-being as a community is directly impacted by the quality of our local environment?  

Environmental themes like water quality, species diversity (or biodiversity), and climate change are all areas that people have the power to influence, for better or for worse.  

For this reason, education plays a key role in ensuring that residents of Campbelltown and beyond have the information and understanding that they need to make smart lifestyle choices that allow reduce our impact on local natural areas and wildlife so we can enjoy them for generations to come.  

Early Learners

To see the future we want to see means we need to start working with the youngest people of our community! With a range of environmental education workshops we are able to get our early learners thinking about how they can play a part in a sustainable future.

Schools

Schools are a big part of our community, we continue to work in partnership with our local schools to develop, implement and improve programs that encourage environmental stewardship in younger generations and complement the school curriculum. We aim to see students having fun learning and interacting with environmental education.

  • School Environmental Education Plan(3MB, PDF) lists all of the workshops, events and programs that Council offers throughout the year to schools and how these can be incorporated into the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum for stages 1, 2 and 3.
  • Eric the Eel(4MB, PDF) is an illustrated storybook and educational resource is a result of a collaborative project called Catchments Connecting Communities, involving Campbelltown Performing Arts High School (CPAHS), Campbelltown City Council and Western Sydney University (WSU) (4MB, PDF)
  • Macarthur Nature Photography Competition allows the Macarthur community to get outdoors and capture the beauty of the Macarthur region
  • Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition encourages young people between the ages of 5-12 to create an artwork or a short story on the threatened species of the Macarthur region and in doing so raise awareness of the plight of our native species to the wider community

If you are interested in receiving information about any of the environmental education workshops we offer, or if you have an idea that you would like us to explore with you or your school, please do not hesitate to contact Council’s Environmental Education Officer on 4645 4346.

Community

Each year Council offer a range of events, workshops and activities that aim to get people outdoors and appreciating the amazing natural environment that Campbelltown has to offer.

  • Spring into Nature is a series of activities that occurred across Spring, ranging from spring wildflower walks to creating art in a bushland setting
  • Bushcare is a great way to get outdoors, learn how to care for your natural environment, meet likeminded people and keep up your fitness levels!
  • Clean Up Australia Day inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets to clean up their local environment. Each year, Council nominate a site for the cleanup that anyone can come and join in
  • National Tree Day happens every year, and every year council host a special tree planting day event to celebrate this day
  • Macarthur Nature Photography Competition allows the Macarthur community to get outdoors and capture the beauty of the Macarthur region
  • Free sustainability workshops. Each year we work with the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living to run a range of sustainable workshops free for Campbelltown residents
  • Environmental events all year round. We are always running environmental workshops on a variety of subjects to help our community connect with our amazing natural environment.  Keep an eye out on our “What’s On” event page for upcoming activities.

 

Environmental Education Plan

In 2010 we formally adopted the 2009-2012 Environmental Education Strategy. We have now adopted the new Environmental Education Plan(10MB, PDF) that will supersede the Environmental Education Strategy. The Environmental Education Plan provides a framework to guide the development and delivery of future environmental education programs that will empower the community to undertake behavioural change, live more sustainably and reduce their impact on the local and broader environment.

We encourage you to read this document and let us know what you think.

You can download a copy, pop into Council to grab a hard copy or call Council’s Environment team on 4645 4601 and ask for one to be sent out to you. 

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