The below school resources have been developed to assist in increasing the awareness and understanding of recycling, responsible waste disposal and composting techniques.

School Recycling Guide What a Waste! Activity Booklet What a Waste! Teacher Resource Booklet

What a Waste Activity Booklet

What a Waste Teacher Resource Booklet

School Recycling GuideWhat a Waste Activity BookletWhat a Waste Teacher Resource Booklet
Composting and Worm Farm Guide Nude Lunch Day Info  Sheet Nude Lunch Day Sample Teacher Letter Nude Lunch Hero Certificate
Compost Methods Warm Farms       
Compost and Worm Farm GuideNude Lunch Info SheetNude Lunch Sample Teachers LetterNude Lunch Hero Certificate

Invasive Weeds of Ipswich

The below resource has been developed as a general information guide to support community efforts to identify weeds and take appropriate actions.

Weeds of Ipswich

100+ Invasive Weeds of Ipswich
(PDF, 4.7 MB)

Waterway Health Activity Sheets

The Waterway Health Activity Sheets have been developed to assist school groups and teachers to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of waterway health and catchment management issues through a series of informative and interactive activities. The activities are aimed at student groups from grades four to seven, focusing on topics such as:

  • Understanding your catchment and how it functions
  • The water cycle
  • Chemical analysis and physical assessment of water quality and the riparian zone
  • Human activities and land use practices that impact on our waterways
  • Forming a catchment care group to improve water quality and increase community awareness.

The Activity Sheets have been designed to use as 'one-off' activities or in a sequence throughout the year to complement the school curriculum for environmental studies. Some of the activities are interactive and will require students to venture outdoors, while others can be done within the classroom.

Many of the activities require students to use reference material and explore other avenues for obtaining information. The students are encouraged to take an initiative in investigating the impacts of different land uses on waterway health and to research ways in which these land uses can be improved. The activities will help students develop their understanding of the environment and the natural surroundings.

Within each activity there are words and terminologies that you will come across that may not be familiar, or have a specific meaning within the context of waterway health. These key words have been underlined in each activity sheet; you will find their meanings and other relevant terms in the 'Waterway Definitions' Activity Sheet.

For more information on how to use the Waterway Health Activity Sheets, an introduction guide for teachers is provided below.

If you would like a copy of the Waterway Health Activity Book mailed to your school classroom or for more information on other hardcopy resources useful in the classroom please contact

Other resources

These resources are offered external to council but align to strategic objectives such as waste minimisation and waterway health.

Organisation / ProgramTopicActivity type
H20 Kids
Water cycle, catchments & waterways, managing water supply, water treatment & qualityExcursion
Urban Utilities
Education program
Water and sewerage services, water cycle and environment.Excursions - from 2024
Queensland Government
Waterwise resources
Water cycle, waterwise behaviours, water sources & storage, water efficiency & alternative water sources.Digital
REdiscovery Hub
Waste management, minimising waste, reducing, re-using, recyclingExcursion - Swanbank, Ipswich
Waste Education Queensland
Free resources
Positive waste behaviours, reducing waste footprint and costs, community & school waste management.Digital
Healthy eating, sustainability, food waste, environmental impact, classroom cookingActivity kits & training
War on Waste
Visy Recycling
Waste management, environmental impact, circular economy, recycling, sustainable solutionsDigital
Australian Circular Economy Hub
Knowledge Hub Education 
Circular economyDigital
Clean Up Australia Day
School Clean Up
Waste management, sustainabilityActivity kits
Plant Science Learning Hub
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Plant life cycles, pollinationDigital