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Some of the most critical issues in Queensland are related to our natural resources and how we manage them. It's important to increase Queenslanders' awareness of these issues and the effect we all have on the health of our natural resources.
- Minerals and energy
- Natural resource management
- Reef and wetlands
- Weeds and pests
AgAware is comprised of a numbers of modules that promote an understanding of sustainable agriculture to both rural and non-rural areas. They are designed for primary school students and are free to schools.
AgAware was developed by the AgAware Group with the Queensland Studies Authority, so the modules are suitable for implementation in schools. The modules can be used as a whole, or separately.
To find out more about AgAware visit Education Queensland's Learning Place.
EnviroNorth: Living sustainably in Australia's savannas
A new environment and NRM education web site developed for schools, involving students and teachers.
The site has three sections: Teach Savannas (classroom teaching and learning materials), Learn Savannas (structured interactive module on native plants and animals and NRM issues), and Savanna Windows (an educational version of the Savanna Explorer website).
While focussing on the Northern Territory, the web site will extend to Queensland and Western Australia in the future.
To find out more visit the EnviroNorth website.
Green & Healthy Schools program
The Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland initiative is a curriculum-based program, running from January to October, which promotes health, safety and the environment through Queensland classrooms.
The program encourages teachers and students to work together, tackling issues such as water and energy conservation, environmental protection, youth initiatives, litter prevention, and community partnerships.
Find out more on the Green & Healthy Schools program website.
Rainforest Explorer is a curriculum package on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
Some of the topics covered in the package include the World Heritage rainforests and other vegetation, plants and animals, the history of the area, and what different people in the community think about the area.
Rainforest Explorer is suitable for students from pre-school to Year 9 level. It contains videos, fact sheets, pictures, clip art and activity sheets.
To find out more, visit the Wet Tropics Management Authority website (and select the Resources for students & teachers link).
Aquatic Invaders (exotic pest fish)
Explains the impacts of pest fish infestation (such as carp and tilapia) on Queensland waterways. The Biosecurity Queensland website teaches students about the dangers of introducing non-native fish into our waterways, how to prevent the spread of existing pest fish, and how to stop new pest fish being introduced.
Learning Through Landcare
Run by the Queensland Murray-Darling Committee (QMDC), this education program is for both primary and secondary students and their teachers. The project provides a resource and equipment library, an arts and drama program, and assistance to schools for grant applications. There are four ways for the students to learn through Landcare. You can find out more on the QMDC website.
Schools and Landcare (Landcare Australia)
The Landcare Australia website suggests ways students and teachers can get involved in Landcare. It also provides links to awards and grants programs, youth forums, and Landcare programs in other states and territories.
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has mining education and awareness resources for teacher's kits, for educating both primary and secondary school students on mining exploration, geology and mineralogy, and the science of mining.
Minerals and energy
The Queensland Resource Council's Oresome Resources website has a number of educational resources, as well as a Teacher Professional Development Program which aims to help the teaching and learning of Queensland's minerals and energy sector.
Check out Ergon Energy's Ergonia website for educational resources on where energy comes from, how to use it safely and efficiently, and how to help the environment.
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Queensland's Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) has developed a number of curriculum-based modules on sustainable NRM, aimed at primary school students.
Modules cover land management, catchment management, dung beetles, and water cycles and catchments. All are available to download on the DNRM website.
Think you've got what it takes to become a Reef Guardian? Do you have a school project on the Great Barrier Reef? Do you want find out how you can help protect the Reef? Then visit the reefED website for more information!
Queensland Wetlands Programme
The Queensland Wetlands Programme has produced a range of interactive education and awareness-raising products dedicated to building community understanding of the importance of wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef catchments.
A national wetland education and management training program, designed to provide capacity building and skills development for regional and community investments in wetland-related assessment, planning and actions.
The program is aimed primarily at regional natural resource management and catchment bodies and their stakeholders, including Landcare and river management groups, local governments and private landholders.
Visit the Wetlands.edu website to find out more.
Enterprise Education project (Queensland Government)
The Enterprising Research Education: The Real World Science in Schools program gives high school students learning opportunites in NRM science by helping them develop dynamic and future-orientated research skills.
Find out more on the Education Queensland website.
Sustainability Education (Australian Government)
Sustainability education develops skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment. Not confined to formal schooling, sustainability education also occurs at work and at home.
K-12 Education for Sustainability program
Created by the Terrain NRM regional body, this program provides curriculum-based resources on NRM issues and environmental activities in the Wet Tropics. Terrain NRM can also arrange school visits from members of local community groups. The program is suited to students from kindergarten to grade 12.
Visit the Terrain NRM website to find out more.
SEQ Healthy Waterways education resources
Education resources on the health and protection of the waterways in South East Queensland and Moreton Bay.
Available resources include fact sheets, posters, books, newsletters, and links to other useful education sites. Visit the SEQ Healthy Waterways website to find out more.
Water: Learn it for life!
An online education program written by Queensland teachers targeting early and middle year school children. The program was designed to build student awareness and understanding of water as a significant environmental issue.
Visit the Water: Learn it for life! website to find out more.
Weedbusters is a national program that brings people together to stop the spread of weeds. In Queensland, the program is run by the Department of Employment, Economic Develepment and Innovation. More activities and educational resources are available on the Weedbusters website.
Weed Warriors is a free national education program that aims to increase community awareness of, and involvement in, local weed issues. Schools partner with local weed officers, land managers, and community groups to implement a biological control program for a regional priority weed. Suitable to all levels of education, but often targeted at years 3-9.
Wildlife for Kids
Dreamworld's Wildlife for Kids program is an interactive, fun and informative educational program that promotes a greater appreciation of native Australian wildlife and the need for conservation. Suitable for children from kindergarten to Year 3.
Last updated 31 July 2012