Promoting environmental education in Western Australia
Environmental education seeks to develop an understanding of the relationships between the elements of the local environment, positive attitudes towards it and skills which will enable people to actively engage in promoting its wellbeing
Kaya Bulup, Ngala kaaditj Wadjuk Noongar moort keyan kaadak nidja boodja.
Hello Everyone, I would like to acknowledge the Wadjuk Noongar peoples as the original custodians of this land.
Welcome to AAEE WA Chapter (AAEEWA)
Over almost 30 years, the AAEE has worked with government and non-government organisations in the interests of quality education and environmental change. The WA chapter is unique, involving a broad cross-section of environmental educators from diverse areas such as schools, government agencies, industry, universities, technical and further education centres, zoos, museums, parks and reserves, environmental education centres and community and conservation groups.
The AAEEWA network group meets every month on the third Thursday from 4.00 to 5.30pm at the Canning River Eco Education Centre. This provides an opportunity to keep in touch about the developments in Environmental Education in WA and to plan for joint projects with a diverse range of people.
AAEEWA also have a monthly E Bulletin called the Environmental Educators Network (EEN) that features events, training opportunities and ways to get involved with environmental education in WA. If you would like to subscribe to the E Bulletin or you have an event to advertise then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WA Chapter Programs
LITTLE GREEN STEPS WA (LGSWA)
LGSWA is working with an extensive range of educational resources, networks and local communities towards giving children the confidence and skills to have a positive impact on their lives and environment. This includes childcare centres, preschools, family day care, kindergartens, after school care and long day care services for children aged 0-8 years. Linking to the National Quality Standard, Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum.
Turtle Watch is an AAEEWA project and includes a collaborative network of community partners and individuals who work to facilitate the conservation of snake-necked turtles. Turtle Watch also aims to assist in the collection of information, including educational materials, to enhance awareness of the biology and needs of the snake-necked turtle.
WASTE EDUCATION ReSOURCES
This project is a partnership between the WA Chapter and City of Cockburn, supported by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. The waste education trailer was developed as a community resource for events, community days, festivals, schools, celebrations and shopping centres in the City of Cockburn. It includes static and dynamic educational resources, including waste and recycling games aimed to educate the community
about waste issues while still having fun.
Waste Wise Schools Program Support in Southern Suburbs
The WA Chapter has secured a contract with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for the provision of targeted educational strategies for avoidance and recovery of waste in the school context in the southern suburbs on behalf of the DWER for a period of three (3) years from 3 February 2020 to 2 February 2023. Schools will be supported to conduct audits of waste in schools and plan to reduce this over time. Teachers will receive professional support and opportunities to secure grants to assist in projects.
Biological Earth Environmental Science Day
BEES Day Year 9,10 and 11 Day annual event showcases exciting careers related to these subjects. It is designed to increase students’ awareness about the wide range of opportunities available in sciences to motivate students for subject selections. More Details
Reclaim the Void – Rug weaving workshop. 2.00 – 4.00 PM at Canning River Eco Education Centre, Wilson.
Reclaim the Void was born from Ngalia elders in Leonora, Western Australia, expressing their pain and grief at ‘those gaping mining holes left all over our country’. The idea was conceived to symbolically ‘seal’ one of the holes with an artwork expressing the story of country. Join us to learn how to create woven rag rugs. The WA Chapter will host this workshop delivered by Jennifer Pearson as part of the CREEC Hub for the project. More details found here.
The Reclaim the Void project is led by Vivenne Robertson and links can be found at https://www.reclaimthevoid.com.au/ for the full story.
Earth Day Expo – Friday 14th October – 8
9.00 AM – 2.00 PM at Canning River Eco Education Centre, Wilson.
The Earth Day Expo is held around March/April of each year at the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC). Earth Day is celebrated around the world in more than 300 countries on the 22nd April. This is part of an international Earth Day Network initiative for global action. Animal encounters, environmental programs, hands-on activities and music feature in the day.
AAEE (WA) works in partnership with the Canning River Eco Education Centre and the City of Canning to host primary school children, parents and teachers for a day of learning about sustainability at CREEC. More details here.
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As a member of AAEEWA I am empowered to take transformative, whole systems thinking action to facilitate sustainability at home, locally, nationally and internationally. AAEEWA brings me joy and hope for the future by being with like-minded, action-orientated, caring and understanding friends.
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