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EnviroEd Programs

A number of education programs are available for schools, community groups and families within Ipswich to encourage ongoing care for our environment. View the various programs below and get your children, family, school or business involved in fun, engaging and informative activities designed to open our eyes to the beauty of our natural environment and the responsibility we have to keep the natural plant and animal life in Ipswich clean, green and pristine.

What a Waste! School and Community Program

This education program comprises age-appropriate lessons designed for schools and the community within the Ipswich City Council area. The program is currently under review and will be back soon with more fun and educational activities for all ages.

  • Educational resources are available for the classroom to help you engage students in waste activities - view and download our currently available environmental education resources.
  • For information on how to recycle in Ipswich check out our Recycle 4 Ipswich campaign.

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Map of Mystery

This program has been designed as a self-facilitated environmental education activity to engage students in wildlife conservation and Australian native fauna. The Map of Mystery includes classroom activities and an excursion based at Queens Park. The program is divided into three chapters, with a resource section:

  • Chapter One
    Chapter One engages students in conservation terminology, animal classification and surrounding local wildlife. Students discover how to read and follow maps, including identifying keys. They will also discover the Ipswich City Council's sustainability and conservation work and the importance of protecting local native flora and fauna.
  • Chapter Two
    This chapter entails an excursion held within Queens Park. Students engage in map reading exercises and active tracking to identify Australian native fauna. Following on from these exercises the students will examine the classification of the animals and their conservation status. Wildlife native to their school and home region will also be discussed. Through identifying the human impacts posed on the local flora and fauna, students will apply problem solving skills to reduce their impact on the natural environment.
  • Chapter Three
    Post excursions activities are conducted back in the classroom. Students will discover additional biological information on species-specific Australian wildlife, anthropogenic influences on fauna and the overarching value of protecting our natural environment. Students will engage in problem solving actions to reduce human impact and improve conservation actions for the native flora and fauna on a global scale. Students can apply these learnings to their home, local parks and gardens or on the school grounds.

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Following the Figs

This environmental education program consists of an excursion based at Queens Park, Ipswich. The program uses the Storythread approach, developed and trademarked by Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre (Education Queensland).

  • Discussing the significant cultural heritage of Queens Park, students develop an awareness and appreciation for the natural environment. Using the pedagogy of place Storythread approach, students participate in outdoor education experiences through Queens Park with real and fictional characters. Students develop an emotional reconnection to nature that generates deep learning beyond the classroom.
  • The class will explore using a range of learning styles and sensory applications that is designed to thoroughly engage students in the Storythread approach. This program will allow them to apply these learning tools to discover their own home, school and local environments and to share these experiences with others.
  • Please note that this program is designed for Year 5 and 6 and is limited to class-size groups.

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Composting and Worm Farming

Composting and worm farming are viable alternatives to general waste disposal and fantastic complementary additions to green waste services, bringing benefits to the household budget and the planet.

For more information about composting and worm farming please contact