SCHOOL & COMMUNITY EXCURSIONS PERTH 2017

       SCHOOL & COMMUNITY EXCURSIONS & TOURS PERTH WA 2017

Foothills Sustainability Centre Wattle Grove Perth WA

Bookings (Essential) and Enquiries please call

 0417 096 202

info@weatherworks.com.au

The Foothills Sustainability Centre ‘Karralika’ (Blue Hills) is located in the Perth foothills in Wattle Grove some 30 minutes from the CBD is ideally placed for School & Community Excursions & Tours

FOOTHILLS SUSTAINABILITY CENTRE

All programs are curriculum linked and specifically designed for primary and secondary students and tailored to suit collective needs of any group

We also provide an outing for community groups who may be looking for somewhere different to spend a few precious hours; the property is wheel-chair friendly

Getting outdoors is more important than ever with an inclusive learning environment that’s hard to match

Of critical importance is building self-confidence, leadership, team and communication skills with an emphasis on safety and risk management

We are all about bring learning to life and embarking on a journey of discovery

Organic Gardening

Topic Outlines

Topic 1: ORGANIC GARDENING

SUSTAINABLE LIVING CARTOON 2013

THE WEB OF LIFE

Healthy Soil —————–Healthy Organisms —————————–Healthy Insects

Leading to

Healthy Plants———-Healthy Food————Healthy Animals—————-Healthy Us

How to make soil healthy (hands on)

How to make compost (hands on)

How to use vermicast (hands on)

Picking various vegies to make a Stir-Fry (time permitting)

 

Topic 2: COMPOST  WORM  FARMSWORM FOOD POSTER 1 KINGSLEY PSWORM FARMING 

Types of bins used

Studying worms

What worms need in their ‘house’

What to feed them on

How to maintain a happy worm environment

Worm Juice benefits

Vermicast: what it is and how to collect and use it

TOPIC 3: SUSTAINABLE LIVING

GREEN SMART HERBS & THINGS 2013

SUSTAINABLE LIVING

The 5 R’s: Refuse—-Reduce—–Re-use—–Recycle—-Recharge

What we buy creates rubbish:- packaging and other wastes

What we discard creates landfill:- what is it? Effects on Soil—Air—Water

Water

Usage for every facet of life

Conserving water:- dams, tanks, desalination:- helping to save water

Power

Types:- using the Sun, Wind:- how we can help

Air

What we use and do can create pollution

Waste

What we can do about it

Housing

Using the sun; using the correct trees, windows, building materials

Everything we do, eat and buy has an effect on THE WEB OF LIFE

Call us on 0417 096 202 for further information or email info@weatherworks.com.au

All ages and Year Levels

KIDS GALORE

 Excursions 2017

AUSTRALIAN ORGANIC SCHOOLS 2 GIRLS 2013

Looking for something different, sustainable, hands-on, enjoyable and informative? You’ve got it at the Foothills Sustainability Centre 

Please join us and be our guests at the Foothills Sustainability Centre and experience some of the benefits of living sustainably in Perth’s backyard with an emphasis on self-sufficiency, environmental awareness and future living whilst actively engaging students in sustainable living in reality

Excursions are directed in the main but are not necessarily limited to Pre-Primary, Kindergarden and Primary level students to inspire them to explore some of our practices relating to sustainability keeping in mind that there is no all-encompassing blueprint which covers every aspect of sustainability

Protocols

The Department of Education WA has advised that the Sustainability Centre’s method of approach offering sustainability related workshops and PD’s does not contravene any departmental protocols given that the content is in the public domain

The Sustainability Centre Workshops are entirely funded by our parent organisation Weatherworks Australia and at this stage are nor reliant on any outside funding or assistance

Presenters

As Facilitators we offer a combination of qualifications and practical experience being organic food gardeners, worm farmers, sustainability educators, present and past primary teachers and university educators in Australia, Papua New Guinea, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Greece

Memberships include Australian Organic, Permaculture West, FoodWatch, Biodynamic Agriculture Australia, Kitchen Gardens SA, Australian Organics Recycling Association. Gardeners Circle, Sustainability in Business and the Australian Worm Growers’ Association

Excursion Days:  

Our excursions are currently available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays during school terms from 9.00am 

 Bookings and Enquiries: 0417 096 202 info@weatherworks.com.au 

Teachers and community organisations are invited to register interest in the programs on offer and we are happy to provide PD’s on sustainable topics

Pricing Excursions 2017

  • Invoiced at $495 + GST for a single morning Session (3 hours)

  • Excursions are designed for a maximum of 30 students or visitors at any session

     

Sustainability Excursions

We are fully covered for all necessary insurance and have Working with Children and Police Clearances

In case of emergency the Forrestfield Medical Centre is close by whilst the Fire Brigade is located approximately 5 minutes away

 

SELECTED SUSTAINABILITY EXCURSIONS 2017

Selection 1. Major (read Awesome) Sustainability Excursion

We see sustainability as one of the most important opportunities for both our future and the future of our world

Our goal is to become a better household by looking at every facet of the way we live from the products we consume to the energy we use through the lens of sustainability

We are very much a work in progress with many sustainable initiatives still unfolding Sustainability in many respects is a journey; it is all about awareness and the incorporation of practical and sustainable actions to maintain and promote a better life

We welcome students and teachers and are delighted to share some of the knowledge we have gained in relation to sustainability

Pollution as a factor; what is happening with our world as we know it?

a. Water

b. Atmosphere

c. Land and soil

Our needs; what do we need to ensure a comfortable existence?

a. Housing

b. Food

c. Water

d. Transport

e. Electricity

Living sustainably; influences on how we live?

a.     Recycling program; what do we do and how do we do it?
b.     Light energy usage; fluorescent, incandescent versus LED lighting
c.     Home electricity power; solar, electricity authority, non-renewable
d.     Energy efficient appliances; refrigerators, freezers
e.     Home temperature; air-conditioning, heating, insulation
f.      Water usage and filtration; water sources, total dissolved solids
g.     Our food; home garden, organic, other food sources, food reuse
h.     Our health; eating, exercise, sport, leisure activities
i.      Our home; cleaning agents, pesticides
j.      Travel and transportation; public or private transport, cycling, walking
k.    Tour of property in conjunction with the above; location, transportation, home construction, solar and hot water panels, water sources and water storage, workshops, organic garden, composting, worm farming, chickens, bee keeping, dogs, bird life, trees, other activities

Preparation

Interactive Sustainability Quiz

Complete the ISQ prior to your arrival at the Foothills Sustainability Centre

Discuss some of your answers during the Excursion

Post Analysis

Questionnaire/Work Sheet: Sustainability @Foothills Sustainability Centre (to be advised- currently being prepared)

Produce (in groups of 4-6) a video/U Tube summary (with commentary) of the excursion highlighting the elements and discussions that were of importance to your group

‘Making a Difference: A Sustainable Way of Life’

Selection 2. Worms and Worm Farming Excursion / Incursion: 50 minutes

Designed to encourage and support worm composting and waste minimisation. Covers Worm Farming/ Recycling (includes live worms, worm farms, worm products and visual material)

  • Meet Wiggly Worm for an introduction to worm farming

  • Worm ecology and role of worms in the ecosystem

  • Examining live worms to identify their features

  • The state of waste management, minimization and recycling in the community

  • A practical introduction to various worm farms; in-ground, conventional, wheelie bin and large scale commercial (students will take part in the setting up of a typical wheelie bin worm farm)

  • Upkeep and care of worm farms including do’s and don’ts in relation to feeding

  • Emphasis on composting benefits and the production of nutrient rich worm juice and worm castings

  • How a school can develop and integrate organic waste recycling systems

  • Challenge~ invent your own worm farm

Selection 3. Bokashi (Kitchen Composting) Excursion/Incursion 40-50 minutes

  • The nature of Bokashi (microbial) composting through fermentation

  • History and increasing popularity of Bokashi composting

  • The utilization of composting  microbes will be demonstrated and discussed

  • Comparisons and advantages over worm farming and other forms of composting

  • View and assemble Bokashi composting kits

  • Tips for optimum Bokashi composting

  • Examine the  potential usefulness of Bokashi composting in a school situation

Selection 4. Soil Analysis and Organic Gardening Excursion  2 (Two) Hours

Covers Primary Education Department topics 

COMPOSTING –RECYCLING–GROWING FOOD CROPS–SEEDS & SEEDLINGS

  • Hands-on Composting including Worm Farming

  • Recycling the three R’s and what this means

  • Sustainable soil health

  • Growing food crops with plenty of opportunities to sample produce  

  • GM foods what we don’t know

  • Seeds and seedlings

  • The seed dilemma and seed collection

  • What we can learn from others including our Aboriginal population

What to plant?

  • Soil factors: structure, texture, pH, living organisms

  • Additives:  green manure; fertilizers; rock dust; worm juice and castings; Bokashi; mulch; Bentonite; Zeolite

  • Growing Food Crops

  • Moon Planting/Timing

  • Companion Planting

  • Paths for Compost

  • Crop Rotation

  • Seeds and Seedlings

Organic gardens and compost bays will be observed and discussed with opportunities to sample seasonal produce and  understand the requirement for healthy and fertile so

 

Additional Mini Sustainability Selections/Additions ~Excursion


  • Chicken/Egg Raising: Examine and discuss the various breeds of chickens; feeding routines; animal care and egg collection

FREE-RANGE CHICKENS~ BSP 4916632

  • Lemon Orchard: Observe a viable urban lemon orchard to determine the optimum growth and conditions necessary for citrus growing

  • Climate Change: Examine selected aspects including Renewable Energy; Energy Efficient Housing; Bush Fires (includes demonstration of fire-fighting equipment)

  • Sustainable Housing Design: Water Storage, Use and Quality

Powerpoint and handouts are available to teachers to follow-up on the sustainability sessions

Please contact us at the Foothills Sustainability Centre 0417 096 202 info@weatherworks.com.au

Your School Invitation

We invite you to come and join us on one of our informative and enjoyable excursions

Please call/contact us at the Foothills Sustainability Centre 0417 096 202 info@weatherworks.com.au

Please use your nominated education email when making contact rather than hotmail etcetera and kindly reveal what organisation/school you originate from

 

Bookings: 2017

  • We invite you to register your interest

The Foothills Sustainability Centre  

info@weatherworks.com.au    

 0417 096 202

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