The waste problem requires everyone, young and old to get involved and do the right things to help care for the environment.
Our goal is to inspire the next generation – by connecting them to our special Blue Mountains environment and fostering their natural love of nature. In a learning experience unique to our City within a World Heritage Area, we offer young people the opportunity to explore their local water catchment, learn why it’s special and take action to protect it.
Studies show that kids who connect regularly with nature are healthier and happier.
They also become more environmentally responsible adults.
We aspire to have:
The program offers a meaningful way to engage across the curriculum – helping to capture students’ imaginations and make environmental studies come alive.
Starting with each school and their context, we offer:
We work closely with each school and EYLC, to develop a tailored program that uses the school backyard and local bushland corridors as the ‘third teacher’.
What teachers say:
"(Your) project has particularly captured the imagination of our Catchment Club. They are well aware that we live in the midst of a World Heritage park and have seen first-hand how sustainable practices can reduce their impact. The enthusiasm of the students has been infectious, and we are pleased to involve them in a program that further connects them to our place and gives agency and meaning to their actions."
- Teacher, Katoomba Public School
What students say:
“We’re doing stuff that really means something – not just learning for the sake of it.”
- Student testimonial
Environmental Education Officers, Healthy Waterways Team:
t: 4780 5739
t: 4780 5788