School Holiday Programs
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre (PLEEC) and the City of Melville have recently partnered with Nearer to Nature. If you and your family would like to take participate in fun-filled, outdoor, hands-on activities in the natural environment on the school holidays at PLEEC, please check out the Nearer to Nature’s School Holiday Activities Program, Phone: 9295 2244 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to register now.
School Programs and Excursions
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre (PLEEC) offer a variety of education programs designed for school excursions and community service hours. Our programs utilise education facilities at PLEEC and the natural bushland and wetland areas to conduct programs. See below for the programs available, which can be tailored to suit your requirements. Please check out the Excursion Information booklet for more information.
How Many Students Can Attend our School Programs?
There is a maximum capacity of 30 students/participants per group program. Classes exceeding 30 students/participants will be required to divide their class in two groups.
Please note the maximum capacity is two groups (of 30 students) on site at any one time.
How Long Do the Sessions Run?
Session length variest (between 90-120 minutes) and will depend on the program selected and the year level of the student group attending.
How Much Does it Cost?
Guided program costs ranges from: $7 - $10 per student, depending on the program selected and time spent on site.
The Noongar Boodja Waakiny program is offered by a cultural educator, through a local Aboriginal business. To arrange for a quote based for this program, visit the Bindi Bindi Dreaming website. This program can be run in conjunction with other programs offered through PLEEC.
How Do I Make a Booking?
To book a Guided Educational Program:
After booking, the Environmental Education Officer will contact you to confirm excursion details.
We offer a variety of programs to primary, secondary and tertiary students. All programs are designed to encourage environmental awareness, positive behaviour change towards sustainable living and respect for Noongar Boodja.
Experience a guided tour of the bush land and/or wetland area and learn about the how various native animal species are optimally adapted to use the resources available within the Piney Lakes system. Suitable for Biology (adaptations and ecosystem function) curriculum links.
Students will take a walk within the Piney Lakes bushland area and learn about the native and introduced flora of the region and the critical role plants play within the Piney Lakes ecosystem. Suitable for Biology (adaptations and ecosystem function) curriculum links.
Tour the Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre and Living Classroom area, to learn about sustainable building design, waste resource management and native gardening and examine how collectively these initiatives minimise our carbon footprint. Suitable for sustainability curriculum links.
Guided bushwalk to observe and discuss the features of the landscape, vegetation types, biodiversity, urban land use issues, local flora and fauna species, Aboriginal history, altered habitats, adaptations, restoration projects and/or general awareness of the environment. Suitable for Geography, Biology (classifying) and Noongar culture curriculum links.
Little Creatures in the Lake
Climatewatch, an initiative of the Earthwatch Institute of Australia allows students and citizens to observe and record the seasonal behaviour of plants and animals. This information gets entered into a national database and helps scientists understand how Australia’s environment is responding to climate change. Suitable for sustainability, STEM integration and scientific inquiry curriculum links.
Six Seasons Trail
Students visit the artificial lake or natural Piney Lake wetland to observe the environment of native aquatic species. Students then return to the education centre to study samples of aquatic invertebrates and use a worksheet and identification charts to complete activities. Suitable for Biology (ecosystem health) and scientific inquiry curriculum links.
Volunteering Service Projects
Experience a guided tour of the Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Womens Trail and learn about the Noongar six seasons, prominent plants and animals for each season, and traditional land management practices. Suitable for Primary School aged students with Noongar culture curriculum links.
Noongar Programs with External Providers
Volunteering and conservation activities for groups seeking to complete community service hours. Suitable for STEM integration, Biology or any schools requiring community service hours.
Tours of the Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women's trail with a cultural provider can be organised directly with a number of external providers for an authentic cultural experience. Some local providers include Bindi Bindi Dreaming.
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre is situated within a 68 hectare reserve on the corner of Leach Highway and Murdoch Drive. The main entrance to the centre is from Leach Highway.
Piney Lakes Reserve is 50 hectares of remnant bushland and wetland, bordered by parklands. The wetland forms part of the Beeliar wetland regional park, a north/south chain of wetlands. The bushland and wetland remnant has been subjected to considerable environmental change since urbanisation resulting in varied bushland condition and increased levels of degradation.
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre has toilet facilities, an amphitheatre, a laboratory and is hired by the public during the day, therefore facilities for school excursions and facilities for the public are on a shared basis.
External Provider Information
The centre has parking for up to 50 cars, and a wide turning circle and front door drop-off for buses. One ACROD permit car parking space is available at the front entrance. Access to the centre is from Leach Highway for west-bound traffic only.
The centre is located on Leach Highway and is accessible by public transport. The City of Melville's Travelsmart Officer can assist with public transport information (call 9364 0673).
The Environmental Education Officer, has a Working With Children check and National Police Check and Senior First Aid qualifications. Any volunteers acting as Educational Assistants also have a current Working with Children Check.
The centre has full public liability insurance, however this insurance policy does not cover loss of/damage to personal belongings. Please remind your students that they are responsible for their own property at all times whilst on site.
According to our guidelines, school group leaders are responsible for the supervision of visiting groups as part of their duty of care and we ask that you ensure that appropriate standards of behaviour are maintained at all times. Monitoring the physical wellbeing and behaviour of students remains the responsibility of the school at all times.
We have a maximum booking capacity of 30 students per program with no exceptions. We request one supervisor to ten students (ratio of 1:10). The Environmental Education Officer is not included in this supervision ratio.
Emergency Response Plan
The Environmental Education Officer carries a mobile phone on her person at all times. She will also carry appropraite snake bandages during relevant seasons and activities.
We strongly advise the school supervisor team to bring a mobile phone as part of their communication plan. Please advise the Environmental Education Officer of the mobile number at the time of booking and check this on the day of the excursion.
Briefing Students and Supervisors
The emergency evacuation plan will be explained upon arrival at the Centre and applicable safety instructions will be delivered to all teachers, staff and students.
Upon receipt of a booking the Environmental Education Officer will email a detailed booking confirmation. A copy of the guidelines for schools visiting will also be emailed and must be signed before the excursion can commence (please refer to the Visit Guidelines document, attached to the right of page).
The Environmental Education Officer will take the leading role in carrying out the excursion and providing educational materials to user groups, where possible. Students and the school supervisory team will be briefed by the Environmental Education Officer on arrival to Piney Lakes regarding rules and safety protocols concerning visitor conduct.