All schools have access to nature to embed an ethic of care for the environment into their schools’ life. A “Landcare” school is one that treads gently and values the biodiversity and natural capital within and surrounding the school environs. Is your school a “Landcare” school? The following 10 Ways are a guide only to help your school determine if they are a “Landcare” School.
Our 10 ways to become a “Landcare” School:
1. Work with local “care” groups e.g. local bushcare or Landcare groups
2. Work on-site creating habitat at school e.g. bring the small birds back
3. Tree planting trips and other regional programs away from your school
4. Citizen science programs e.g. Streamwatch, EarthWatch Institute programs
5. Whole school opportunities e.g. celebrating National Tree Day
6. Embedding in Curriculum e.g. Green Lane diary program
7. School network projects e.g. Taronga In situ program
8. Work with local Aboriginal organisations – understanding caring for country
9. Have a Bush School / Nature Play program
10. Just enjoying nature e.g. developing a School Environment Walk
Is your school a ‘LANDCARE’ school already??
Does your school already do some of the 10 Ways to become a Landcare School, then consider joining the Greater Sydney Landcare Network and link, learn and share with other “Landcare” schools. The schools found on the Google map are members and are there to help; your school can be added by contacting Greater Sydney Landcare Network.
You can also get some help from your local council or Environmental Education Centre, just ask them.
Some schools get help from local businesses, Coles Landcare grants are a big help too. For more help talk to the Landcare support officer the Greater Sydney Local Land Services.
Printable version of the GSLN 10 Ways to become a Landcare School Guide.