26 September 2023

Students’ green light for environment lessons

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A new partnership between the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) and the Department for Education is expected to help the State’s students learn more about their local environment as part of their curriculum.

DEW said the Program, part of the Government’s Environmental Education Action Plan 2021-2024, supported local students to get out of the classroom more often and into local parks, gardens and national parks.

The Department for Education said the Program also supported education, building life skills and career pathways for students.

It said the Program’s five key focus areas included learning in nature; tools for teaching; student pathways; understanding conservation and sustainability; and partnering with communities and industry.

The Department for Education said foundational work would be done by both Departments to support curriculum development for learning areas, pairing environmental and curriculum expertise for all students.

It said students would also get to learn about conservation and sustainability through immersive experiences at places such as Glenthorne National Park, botanic gardens and Cleland Wildlife Park.

“They will hear direct from professionals who live and breathe the environment, conservation and sustainability,” the Department said.

It said the world-class Program would support pathways for students in industries such as conversation and land management, agriculture and animal care, aquaculture, horticulture and forestry.

The Government’s 1-page Environmental Education Action Plan 2021-2024 can be accessed at this PS News link and further resources for students and teachers at this link.

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