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Learn about Nature

The City of Greater Dandenong runs school programs that teach kids about the environment and wildlife. These programs also inspire students to volunteer and get involved with their community.

During the program, kids discover and explore the great outdoors. They'll learn to respect and enjoy bushland and biodiversity, something that will stay with them forever. 

Your school can take part by getting involved in:

Council has limited spaces in these programs. Contact Council on 8571 1000 if you would like to take part in any of these programs.

Council also offers waste and recycling incursions and programs: 

Waste Minimisation Schools Education Programs - 360KB

School Conservation Activities

Alex Wilkie Sense Trail

Students are blindfolded and walk around the sensory trail stopping along the way to smell, touch and listen to the surroundings to increase awareness and perception of the natural environment. 
Duration: 30 - 60 minutes
Year Levels: Prep - 4

Alex Wilkie Nature Trail

Learn about the natural environment with a guided walk through the reserve by a qualified ranger. Topics discussed could include: history of site and impact of man, management of the reserve, habitat.
Duration: 30 - 60 minutes
Year Levels: 1 - 8

Guided Tours of Reserves

Ranger guided tours of other reserves across the city, including Coomoora Woodland, Tirhatuan Reserve, Fotheringham Reserve; covering such topics as: impacts of man, history of reserves, plant uses, fauna, wetlands, habitat, management of reserves.
Duration: 30 - 60 minutes
Year Levels: 1 - 8

Indigenous Tree Planting

Plant some locally indigenous plants (provided by Council) at a local park or reserve.
Learn about why indigenous plants are important to our city, and how to look after them. Planting occurs from June - September. Book early to avoid disappointment. 
Duration: 30 - 120 minutes
Year Levels: 1 - 10

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