Fostering education for
          a sustainable future

PO Box 926
Cannington WA 6987
[email protected]


Australian Asssociation for Envrionmental Education


Please let us know if you see a turtle. All sightings help us to understand more about these wonderful creatures.

Click here to make an online sighting of a turtle on the Climate Watch website.

Call your closest Turtle Watch Environment Centre:

Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre
9417 8460

Canning River Eco
Education Centre
9461 7160

South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare
9458 5664

Herdsman Lake
Wildlife Centre
9387 6079

Turtle Watch Education Kit

The Turtle Watch Education Kit is an environmental education program (K-7) that links directly to the Australian Science Curriculum and integrates the three cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities.

The overarching objective of the program is to provide a range of learning experiences that will develop the attitudes, knowledge and skills that lead to individual behaviours/actions that are supportive of sustainable life practices.  Specifically, the program will provide opportunities to enhance attitudes towards the environment, particularly in relation to local turtle populations.

The program will provide opportunities to enhance knowledge about turtles including:
* Difference between turtles and tortoises;
* Difference between and types of marine and freshwater turtles in Australia;
* Biology and habitat needs of the Oblong Turtle in the wetlands of the Perth Metropolitan Area;
* Indigenous perspectives of turtles;
* Asian perspectives of turtles;
* Keeping pet turtles.

The program will provide opportunities to take action/implement behaviours that support sustainable practices in relation to local turtle populations.

Turtle Watch Education Kit
Click on the green links below for each section of the kit.


Section 1: Introduction and Curriculum Planning
Freshwater Turtle Resources by Learning Area
    Geography:       Turtle Warriors Programme Part 1
    Mathematics:     Estimating Turtle Population Size
Year 4/5 Rubric Concept Map Biological Science
                                 Year 6 Rubric Concept Map Biology
    The Arts:            Art and Craft - Clay and Playdough
                                                                Year 1 Models
                                                                Year 3 Labelled Models
                                                        - Drawing
                                                                Year 3 Art and Weaving
                                                        - Folding Fun
                                                                Turtle Watch Folding Game Version 1 2012
Turtle Watch Folding Game Version 2 2012
Turtle Watch Folding Game Version 3 2012
                                                        - Turtle Mural
                                                        - Turtle Template

                                                        - Turtle Weaving
Turtle Weaving Templates
Year 3 Weaving Samples

                                                        - Art and Craft Links
                                Drama            - Introduction Session
Estimating Turtle Population Size
Turtle Shadow Puppets
Turtle Watch Role Play
Turtle Foot
Turtle Mask
    TW Articles:        Nestwatch Project
(as published in Western Wildlife, Vol 12 (3), 2008, Land for Wildlife)
Engaging Students in Science
 (as published in Teaching Science, Vol 55 (1), 2009, Australian Science Teachers Association)
Turtle Watch Community Contribution
                                 Getting Down and Dirty
 (as published in Issues in Educational Research, Vol 18 (2), 2008)
Going on a Turtle Egg Hunt
 (as published in Australian Journal of Early Childhood, Vol 35 (4), Early Childhood Australia)
                                 Turtle Watch: Enhancing Science Engagement
(as published in SCIOS, Vol 48 (2), 2012, Science Teachers Association of WA)
Turtle Watch: Community Participation and Action
Marine Turtle Resources by Learning Area
Science:            Marine Lesson 1
                                Marine Lesson 2
    The Arts:           Turtle Shadow Puppets

Section 2: Types of Turtles in Australia: Freshwater and Marine
Coolbinia Primary School Photos
    Murals:              Turtle Mural
                                Frog Mural
    Visiting Scientist

Canning River Eco Education Centre Photos
    Clay Turtles
Turtle at CREEC
Face Painting Turtles (Sounds of Science Fair)
Turtle Badge Making (Sounds of Science Fair)
Turtle Watch Stall 1 (Sounds of Science Fair)
Turtle Watch Stall 2 (Sounds of Science Fair)

Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre Photos
    Turtle Watch Event Manning Park

Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre Photos
Oblong Turtle

General Turtle Photos
    Predated Turtle Nests at Lake Monger
Turtle 1
Turtle 2
Video Clips of Oblong Turtles

Section 3: Features of the Oblong Turtle
    Oblong Turtle External Features

Section 4: Habitat of the Oblong Turtle

Section 5: Indigenous Perspectives of Turtles

Section 6: Asian Perspectives of Turtles

Section 7: Threats and Predators
    Turtle Watch Poster
Citizen Scientists to Help Save Native Turtles

Section 8: Sustainability Priority Action
Turtle Watch Newsletters
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
November 2011

    December 2011

    January 2012
    February 2012
March 2012

June 2012
Turtle Watch Media
Turtle Watch Poster

Citizen Scientists to Help Save Native Turtles

    Get Wild About Wetlands Flier
Turtle Talk Flier

Section 9: Keeping Turtles

Section 10: Assessment
Assessment Rubrics

Australian Curriculum Biological Science Content Descriptor F-7
Coolbinia Scope Sequence Turtle Watch 2012
Early Childhood Rubric Biological Science
Year 4/5 Rubric Concept Map Biological Science
Year 6 Rubric Concept Map Biology

Work Samples
    Kindy and Pre Primary Scribed Drawings
    Pre Primary Turtle Play
    Year 1 Turtle Reports
Year 1 Venn Diagrams
Year 2 Concept Maps
Year 2 Posters
Year 3 Labelled Clay Model
Year 3 Labelled Playdough Model
Year 3 Weaving
Year 3 Drawings
Year 4-5 Carapace Art
Year 6 Art (Aboriginal Perspective)
Year 7 Concept Map
Year 7 Project

For further information or to comment on this Education Kit please contact Elaine Lewis.

School Accreditation
Schools are encouraged to become a Turtle Watch Accredited School.  To become accredited schools must fulfil three criteria and supply evidence to support their application.  Once they have been accredited the school will receive a certificate to display in a prominent place within the school.
Click here for an information sheet outlining the steps involved in becoming an accredited Turtle Watch School and the application form