About Our Education Programs
Our educational programs address environmental awareness, sustainability, and Noongar culture. Details regarding program availability, capacity, cost and booking procedure are listed below.
When Can You Attend?
Guided Educational Programs can be booked during school terms only, on specific days, as follows:
- Monday: not available
- Tuesday: all day
- Wednesday: all day
- Thursday: all day
- Friday: not available.
How Many Students Can Attend?
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 will depend on the program selected and the amount of time students/participants will spend on site.
How Much Does it Cost?
Guided program costs ranges from: $5 - $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 on your program requirements visit the Bindi Bindi Dreaming website.
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.
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.
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.
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 and/or general awareness of the environment.
Noongar Boodja Waakiny with Bindi Bindi Dreaming
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 helps scientists understand how Australia’s environment is responding to climate change.
Little Creatures in the Lake
Experience a guided tour of the Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Womens Trail and learn about the Noongar six seasons, with Bindi Bindi Dreaming.
Volunteering Service Projects
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.
Volunteering and conservation activities for groups seeking to complete service hours.
All booking agents are encouraged to familiarise themselves with Piney Lakes site details and excursion guidelines.
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.
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, venomous snake handling training and practical experience, as well as 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 and first aid kit on her person at all times. She will also carry snake handling apparatus in 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.
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