Landscape Education is an integrated environmental education program offering free activities and support to schools with landscape education in the Limestone Coast.
The Limestone Coast Landscape Board believes in the philosophy of environmental education. Children and young people are directly impacted by the landscape management of yesterday and today. Allowing children to learn about natural environmental functions and then providing them with an understanding of conservation methods and sustainable management practices is vital in continuing to protect our resources.
Landscape Education delivers 2 key initiatives:
Young Environmental Leaders Program
The Young Environmental Leaders Program (YELP) is open to four students per school in Years 5-6.
YELP provides a great mix of hands on environmental experiences, project work and leadership development.
The program provides a number of experiences over the school year these include:
- Understanding of basic ecological processes and connecting with nature experiences – which includes an overnight camp at the Naracoorte Caves
- Knowledge of the local landscape and natural resources
- Leadership skill development - public speaking, peer teaching
- Sharing and networking between schools
- Group project work focusing on a sustainability issue identified by the students leading to action back in the school community
- Mentoring from Landscape Education staff
- Strong links with the Australian Curriculum – science, history, geography
To register for this program please email us email@example.com
Connecting with Nature (CwN) – provide experiences for youth to connect with nature in our parks.
We also provide the following support to the school-based community free of charge:
- Professional Development (PD) sessions for teachers on a range of regional landscape and environmental topics.
- School Environmental Management Plans (SEMP) – assistance with developing a tailored SEMP for your school.
- Landscape Education Email Network – receive up to date information on school grants, PD’s, competitions, events, new resources and support.
- Resources and equipment – there is a library of education resources, posters and equipment available for loan. Please contact us for more information.
Landscape Education is funded by the regional landscape levy, supporting youth and educators to be informed and play an active role in landscape management.
Pilot Programs for 2022
The Landscape Education team have been busy implementing the following pilot programs for 2022. Watch out for more about these programs over the coming weeks!
Limestone Coast Youth Council
The Limestone Coast Youth Council (LCYC) provides an opportunity for like-minded secondary students (years 7-12) to come together to learn, experience and take positive steps towards improving the environment and local landscape.
This program is student driven whereby students identify the issues that concern them most and the Limestone Coast Landscape Board Education team facilitate and provide the links to experts in the field while supporting build the students’ knowledge and skills.
To find out more about registering for this program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking the Seasons Program
Walking the Seasons is a program that was inspired by the region’s First Nations seasonal calendar. The program aims to help the Limestone Coast community connect with country and culture across the landscape.
Schools involved in the program will have the opportunity to learn from local First Nations elders about the significance of the seasons and how the knowledge of food, fibre and shelter was crucial for their survival.
This program has a strong emphasis on ecology and citizen science providing students with the opportunity to identify species and record seasonal changes throughout the year while collecting data that can be used to monitor long term seasonal variations.
“Walking the South East Seasons is an opportunity for sites to engage in authentic learning through Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in a local context. Students work on Country with Elders and community experts to learn about the local ecology and connect with their own perceptions of the natural world. This program is integral to student wellbeing through mindful connection with themselves and Nature, as well supporting learning outcomes through Indigenous knowledge.”
-Sarah McCarthy Aboriginal Education/SAASTA Coordinator Grant High School
Click here to view the teacher resources for this program
Click here to access the new Teacher Information Pack for 2022
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Landscape Education Team