Welcome to Piney Lakes Online! Here you will find environmental education resources for all ages including educational videos, virtual workshops and downloadable worksheets.

Virtual Resources

Self-guided Tours

Piney Lakes Reserve, ArcGIS StoryMaps – Explore the great outdoors, grab your device and discover the beauty of the Banksia woodlands and paperbark wetlands on this self-guided tour of Piney Lakes.

Recorded Webinars

Ecology and Management of the Swan-Canning (Jen Middleton and Belinda Martin, UWA) - Globally, coastal aquatic ecosystems are impacted by urbanisation and the same is true for the Swan-Canning: including its streams, rivers and the estuary. This talk covers recent research of land use change impacts on Swan-Canning ecosystems - with a focus on small streams and estuarine seagrass. The audio recording is available online.

Choose to Refuse: The Case of Reusable Coffee Cups (Lisa Novoradovskaya, Curtin University) - Each year in Australia around 1 billion coffee cups are used and 90% of those end up in landfill and oceans. Lisa’s research explores how forming habits can help people use reusable cups more often, significantly reducing the waste from our coffee consumption. The audio and video recordings are available online.

Our Love Hate Relationship with Plastic (Harriet Paterson, UWA-Albany) - Plastic has become a dirty word, but we use it everywhere in our lives.  Harriet has been investigating how much plastic washes up on the beaches of the south coast, and aside from single-use plastic, she has identified Frivolous, Cryptic and Dumb (FCD) plastic categories that we consume, but could easily do without. The audio recording is available online.

Downloadable Worksheets

Have fun at home with our downloadable worksheets. We will add new ones on a regular basis. To have colouring masterpieces featured in the Piney Lakes monthly eNews, send a photograph in to environmental.education@melville.wa.gov.au.

Colouring Sheets

Activity Sheets

Brochures and Fact Sheets


Useful Links and Resources

Our curated list of other websites offering fun and educational environmental resources.

  • Climate Watch App – Lets you record the seasonal behaviour you see in plants and animals, and helps scientists understand how Australia’s environment is responding to climate change
  • Nearer to Nature – Provides opportunities for families, community groups and overseas and interstate visitors to take part in fun, hands-on, activities in the natural environment.
  • Recycle Right – For information and educational resources about reducing waste and living sustainably.
  • Photomon App – To measure the success of revegetation and change over time in natural areas the City of Melville has several sites registered for ongoing monitoring. The Photomon App allows for simple and accurate photo monitoring – photos from your phone are instantly uploaded to the Melville database, and can be seen by staff and other users. If you would like to become an Environmental Monitor please email our Environmental Officer Jacklyn.Kelly@melville.wa.gov.au for a login so you can add directly to our database.

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