Resources for schools

Volcano Dreaming and Pobblebonk Exhibitions

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Volcano Dreaming is a portable exhibition available to schools and community groups for hire. It showcases the biodiversity of one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems; the wildflower grasslands of the volcanic plains that stretch from Melbourne, across most of southern Victoria.

Dozens of different species of flowers, birds, insects, lizards, and marsupials bring the exhibition to life. Children will enjoy spotting all the creatures hidden in the grass, under rocks or under water, while short vignettes educate the viewer on the ancient formation of the land from lava flows, the fauna and flora that call it home, and the impacts that European settlement has had.

Since the arrival of the Europeans in the early nineteenth century, this natural landscape has been transformed dramatically. Some animals and plants have been driven to extinction, while the existence of many others is marginal and severely under threat.

The engaging display aims to show you something of the original world of the western plains, what has happened to it, what is being done to help preserve it, what remains of it and what you can do to help.

The exhibition is a 12m by 2m photographic panorama that merges more than 3000 photographs taken during more than 100 field trips over a three year period.

Educational activities and worksheets which complement the exhibition are available online. For more information or to request a booking please contact environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call 9243 8888.  

Pobblebonk: Animals of the Maribyrnong River Estuary

This 10 panel panoramic depicts the many animals and plants that inhabit the lower Maribyrnong River.

It is remarkable how many different species, indigenous and introduced, still live in the estuary despite a city growing up around it. It is also remarkable what food chains, food webs and biological neighbourhoods remain relatively intact or workable.

Detailed information about the animals depicted in the exhibition are available online. For more information or to request a booking please contact environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call 9243 8888

Green Book Box

Schools and childcare centres within Moonee Valley wishing to conduct environmental and sustainability themed classes may borrow a box of over environmental themed fiction and non-fiction books through the Environmental Sustainability team.

Books range from early childhood to junior secondary age groups. The service involves hiring the entire box of books which will need to be picked up from our Civic Centre.

To reserve the box or for more information email environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Magnetic Recycling Boards and Sticker Books

This interactive activity allows children to learn about recycling in Moonee Valley. The education program has two components suitable for early years and Prep - 2 :

Magnetic Board Activity: these large magnetic boards can be used as part of a whole classroom activity where children place the item in the correct bins. Great to use in competitions to see who can sort the items quickest.

Sticker Books: Stick waste items into the correct bins, this can be done as an individual activity in the classroom or at home with parents.

Schools can borrow the boards from us - email environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au or call 9243 1018.

Home/School Environment Kit

Find out how your school is performing. The Environment Kit contains equipment and instructions to help students find ways of saving energy and water around your buildings.

To book the kit, call 8325 1900 or place a request via the library catalogue.

Great Grassland Education Cards

Suitable for ages 3+, the set of 52 cards provide simple and interactive information on the animals, plants and insects of Victoria's grassland ecosystems. To borrow a set, contact the Environment Team at environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Recycling services for schools

Schools may be eligible for up to 15 yellow-lidded 240 litre (depending on school numbers) bins collected fortnightly .

If you would like to know more and ask about your eligibility email environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Plastic Free Living Display Kit

Schools are able to borrow a box of plastic free living items for display and education and school events. The kit includes;

  • Various info graphics and posters for display
  • Plastic free items such as bamboo toothbrushes, keep cups, beeswax wraps, produce bags, stainless-steel straws and bio cutlery
  • Plastic free decorations

Email environment@mvcc.vic.gov.au to book the kit.

Streets to Creeks activity for students

When it rains, the water that runs off roads, driveways and roofs is known as 'stormwater'.

Litter and pollution from the street is then carried by this stormwater along gutters and drains, to local creeks and rivers, and into the bay. This has a terrible impact on the health of our waterways and ecology.

Below is a fun classroom activity you can do with students to educate about the importance of protecting our waterways from pollution.

Streets to Creeks School Activity

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Last updated: Thursday, 24 January 2019, 12:52 AM