Merri Creek Management Committee

There are a number of organisations in the north of Melbourne that offer education programs based on the local environments of the Merri, Moonee Ponds and Darebin catchments in the Victorian Volcanic Plains Bioregion. Endangered flora and fauna and the varied landscapes of the area can be explored. Each of the organisations listed below is committed to providing hands-on engaging experiences for students.

 

Merri Creek Management Committee runs a variety of environmental programs focussing on the local natural areas of Northern Melbourne. These cover many topics from waterbugs to volcanic history and we can help you to plan an indigenous garden in your school yard. The one common theme that links all of our programs is a hands-on and engaging approach to learning. Merri Creek and the surrounding areas provides an extensive oudoor learning classroom. We are able to provide these activities as an excursion or incursion and we incorporate the Victorian Essential Learning Standards into our programs (VELS).

Check out our brochure (pdf) on environmental education activities.

The Darebin Creek Management Committee (DCMC) works with schools and the community to raise awareness and educate about local waterway health. Visits to schools or excursions to the Darebin Creek and associated reserves as well as the Darebin Parklands in Alphington can be arranged. Hands on learning activities are tailored to each school and class levels’ needs. Examples of activities include Darebin Creek Critters, Stormwater and Food Webs. All our education services and activities are free of charge.

DCMC works with schools to revegetate the Darebin Creek and create habitat in school grounds. Check out our website for a wide range of educational material on a number or topics including geology, frogs, history and environmental threats

The Moonee Ponds Creek Coordination Committee (MPCCC) runs a number of environmental education programs and activities.

One of these is the 'Creek Connections' program which brings environmental education experiences to disadvantaged schools, the elderly, Non English Speaking Background groups and the disabled. It aims to develop ongoing relationships with local groups, raising awareness of local environments, fostering stewardship & improving quality of life. Click here for an evaluation report of the Creek Connections Project.

The Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary at La Trobe University, within the Darebin Creek Catchment, offers a wide range of education experiences for schools, professionals and the wider community. The experiences cover a range of fields from habitat restoration, through to archaeology. As the Sanctuary develops we refine and expand the range of experiences and continue to involve innovation approaches in the teaching of environmental and sustainability. Programs have been developed to fully integrate into the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) and cover years P-12 with an emphasis on practical experience and fun. The 28 hectare site includes extensive wetlands, remnant woodland with indoor and outdoor classrooms and experienced, professional staff.

Waterwatch is a free river health education and monitoring program which aims to increase school communities understanding, participation and ownership of local river health issues. It achieves this goal by providing a broad range of structured activities, which encourage schools to become actively involved in monitoring the health of Melbourne’s rivers, creeks and wetlands. Through monitoring, Waterwatch groups can help to identify pollution sources, determine the major issues facing their local river, creek or wetland, and establish what needs to be done at a local level to help improve its health.

CERES (the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, pronounced ‘series’) is an internationally recognised model of a sustainable society. Located on 4.5 hectares on the banks of the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, CERES runs on renewable energy, is a 55 tonne carbon sink, conserves and recycles its water and waste, grows organic food, and teaches diverse audiences about more just and environmentally friendly ways of living.

CERES aims to foster awareness and action on environmental and social issues affecting urban areas. A wide range of educational services are available including a number which have a specific focus on Merri Creek. Check out our CERES website for more info.

Melbourne Water offers a wealth of water education resources for teachers and students. This wide range includes fact sheets, learning activities, excursion opportunities, multimedia inter-actives, planning documents and so much more. This includes a facinating visit to the Water Discovery Centre at the Werribee Treatment Plant, where you can explore Melbourne's water cycle from catchment to coast.