The creation of wildlife habitat gardens in your school can lead to more effective teaching and learning outcomes that can involve the whole site, the whole school community and the whole curriculum.
Teachers can work with their students to develop plans for wildlife habitats in their school grounds. By searching and learning about local animals, and searching for the habitat plants that these animals need for food and shelter, students can creatively contribute to school ground plantings and their school environment while working towards a wide range of positive learning outcomes for all key learning areas.
The first thing that is needed by the school is commitment of the school community. Funding and in kind support may be sought from local business and community links, parent groups, Department of Education curriculum initiatives, environmental grants and student fundraising initiatives.
A wide range of information is available on the internet. Some useful sites and references are listed below
This site provides information on CSIRO's research in biodiversity.
Visit the Gould League site to find out about environmental education programs and projects.
Conservation Volunteers Australia
The Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers coordinates and manages volunteers working on conservation projects around Australia. Contact them for information on porojects near your school.
Fun with Australian Plants by G. Elliott
Science in the Bush Activity Book by Australian Science Teachers Association
Fun With Australian Trees (Primary Activity Book) by Gould League
Parks and Gardens (Primary Activity Book) by Gould League