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									                 Ear to the Ground
          Landcare Education Newsletter
Issue 12                                                                      February 2005

Welcome to Ear to the Ground, the Department of Education and Training’s Landcare Education
newsletter. Ear to the Ground will provide you with information about up-coming events, resources
and issues in landcare and landcare education.
The start of the year brings with it many plans for the year ahead. And why not plan to take your
studies outside into the great outdoors. There are loads of projects that you can become involved in
such as revegetation, wildlife surveys and monitoring projects. Grab your boots and make this year
an adventure into landcare! For information on a variety of landcare topics, visit the landcare
education web pages at http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/deo/midlands/landcare/index
Please pass this newsletter on to any teachers in the learning areas of Society and Environment,
Science, or any staff member interested in the environment and environmental education.
Patricia Dames

In this issue…               Sustainable Schools Initiative WA
   Sustainable Schools      The Sustainable Schools Initiative in WA has now begun with the
   Initiative WA            appointment of Howard Flinders to the position of project manager.
   Adventures in            This federally funded initiative was developed in 2003-4
   Landcare                 collaboratively between the Department of Education & Training,
                            Department of Environment and Department of Conservation & Land
   Conservation Week        Management, with support from the Department of the Premier and
   CVA Conservation         Cabinet, Association of Independent Schools and Catholic Education
   Photographers            Office.
   Competition              The WA funding proposal, approved in 2004, encourages the whole
   PD Opportunities         school community to embrace the principles of ecological
                            sustainability and adopt behaviours that reduce the school’s impact
   More PD
                            on the natural environment, whilst also promoting social and economic
   Opportunities
                            wellbeing. It is closely aligned to the government’s Hope for the
   Landcare on the          Future: The Western Australian State Sustainability Strategy and
   Web                      the recently released Environmental Education Strategy and Action
   Waste Wise Mobile        Plan. In both documents sustainability is defined as ‘meeting the
   Display                  needs of current and future generations through the integration of
                            environmental protection, social advancement and economic
   Dates to remember        prosperity’. This ‘triple bottom-line’ definition and the Curriculum
   Landcare Education       Framework are being used to design the project with a WA focus.
   Website                  For further information, please contact Howard Flinders on
                            92644776 or email: howard.flinders@det.wa.edu.au
   Adventures in Landcare                                 CVA Conservation
   2005 Landcare Education Field Study
                Courses
                                                           Photographers
                                                            Competition
Practical courses are offered to people who This annual photography competition is run by
have a passion about landcare.                    Conservation    Volunteers    Australia. For
Using hands-on activities and a variety of site information about this competition, or to
visits this course provides insight into landcare obtain an entry form freecall 1800 032 501 or
practices being used in wheatbelt Western email             info@conservationvolunteers.com.au.
Australia to address a range of environmental Entries close Friday 4 March 2005.
issues.
Courses are residential with accommodation, Professional Development
catering, field transport and resources                 Opportunities
provided for a cost of $77 per person
                                             Canoeing on the Canning – Greening Australia
(including GST).
                                             WA and South East Regional Centre for Urban
            Dates for 2005 include           Landcare give you the opportunity to take a
                   29-30 April               closer look at the biodiversity and the
                    12-14 May                broader landscape issues of this unique
                   16-18 June                ecosystem. Gain awareness about the
                                             geographical,   aboriginal   and    historical
               30 June – 1 July
                                             perspectives of this rich landscape, right at
                  18-20 August
                                             our doorstep. Date: Friday 11th March 2005.
              15-16 September
                                             Time: 8.15am - 3.30pm. Where: Riverton
                 13-14 October               Bridge Park, Fern Road, Riverton. Max
Courses are run from the Tammin Alcoa Participants: 20. Cost: $20 per teacher. For
Landcare Education Centre in Tammin, Western bookings and enquiries contact Lyndsay
Australia. For further information contact Tonner 9335 0113 or ltonner@gawa.org.au
Patricia   Dames,   on    9622      0200,    or
Patricia.Dames@det.wa.edu.au,                      Grow Us A Home Website - If you can’t visit
                                                   the bush, why not bring it to your classroom?
                                                   Come and explore the new Grow Us A Home
          Conservation Week                        website. This innovative and interactive
             12-18 March 2005                      resource uses a combination of animation,
                                                   colourful graphics and supporting text to
WA’s inaugural Conservation Week gives
                                                   introduce students in years 5-9 to some of
conservation groups and individuals the
                                                   the biodiversity values found on the Swan
opportunity to publicise and celebrate the
                                                   Coastal Plain and the Darling Range. This
contributions made by the conservation
                                                   series of workshops are hosted by Greening
movement, while also providing an opportunity
                                                   Australia (WA) and free of charge. Various
for everyone to learn more about environmental
                                                   sessions are available through February and
issues. For more information or to register your
                                                   March. To find out more about dates, times
event, contact the Conservation Council of WA
                                                   and venues suitable to you, contact Lyndsay
on 9420 7266 or check out their web site at
                                                   Tonner 9335 0113 or ltonner@gawa.org.au
www.conservationwa.asn.au/conservationweek
     More Professional Development Opportunities
Living More with Less - Learning to do more           EcoEducation PD at The Hills Forest
with less is the biggest contribution an individual   Discovery Centre - Participate in hands-on
can make to sustainability! Learn how at a            activities in the natural environment. Discover
“Living More with Less” introductory workshop         how CALM’s programs assist students achieve
at Naragebup Environment Centre, Safety Bay           curriculum outcomes. Do the PD, receive a $50
Road, PERON, 10am to 12pm, February 12 or 16          discount voucher; reimbursed against a day
(cost $11).                                           excursion! When:      Friday 18 March. Time:
Also available by appointment as a FREE talk to               9am to 3pm. Cost: $55 ($33 per student
community groups! Call Meg on 9591 3077 or            teacher) - including GST, lunch, resources and
rrec@naragebup.org.au for further details.            much more!

                                                      Naragebup Partners with TAFE – A
Be a Nature Conservation Officer for a Night
                                                      comprehensive “Living more with Less” program
at Dryandra Woodland Ecology Centre and visit
                                                      of short courses is available through
Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary, near Narrogin.            Naragebub and Challenger TAFE. For further
Take part in CALM’s threatened species                information call 1300 300 252.
monitoring program, Western Shield, and enjoy
                                                       Living more        Wed 16   7-9pm   John Curtin,
a nocturnal, guided walk through Barna Mia - a         with less          Feb              East Freo
tranquil sanctuary for bilbies, burrowing              Healthy soils,     Sat 19   10am-   Naragebup,
                                                       healthy plants     Feb      12pm    Rockingham
bettongs, rufous hare-wallabies and others.
                                                       The conscious      Wed 23   7-9pm   John Curtin,
When: 3.30pm Sat 19 March to 12.30pm Sun 20            consumer –         Feb              East Freo
March. Cost: $55 ($44 STAWA members)                   powerful
                                                       purchasing
including GST, accommodation, meals, activities
                                                       Poison free        Sat 26   10am-   Naragebup,
and curriculum resources.                              pest control       Feb      12pm    Rockingham
                                                       Fauna friendly     Sat 5    10am-   Naragebup,
For enquiries and bookings phone 9881 9200,            gardening          Mar      12pm    Rockingham
fax 9881 1645, or email tricias@calm.wa.gov.au         The conscious      Sat 12   7-9pm   John Curtin,
                                                       consumer –         Mar              East Freo
                                                       water, energy
Beaches,      Bays     and    Biodiversity:    An      and transport
exploration of Garden Island - Experience the                      Sat 12
                                                       Local plants for     10am-   Naragebup,
                                                       year round  Mar      12pm    Rockingham
Nyoongar creation story of Garden Island and
                                                       colour
explore the island’s amazing terrestrial and           Cleaning    Wed 16   7-9pm   John Curtin,
marine     biodiversity.    Learn    about    the                  Mar
                                                       without poisons              East Freo
                                                       The clever  Wed 30   7-9pm   John Curtin,
geographical,     historical    and     aboriginal                 Mar
                                                       home – in tune               East Freo
significance of one of Perth’s fascinating             with the
offshore islands. Cost: Free. Maximum number           climate

of participants: 20. Date: Friday 18th March
2005. Time: 8.30am – 2.30pm. Venue: Woodman Re-use Greywater in your Home – Find out
Point Recreation Reserve, COOGEE. Hosted by about the various options, benefits, rules,
                                                   regulations, health concerns, requirements and
Greening Australia (WA) and Coastcare.
                                                   costs in establishing a greywater reuse system
For bookings and enquiries contact Lyndsay in your home. Course runs from 9am to 2pm
Tonner by phone on 9335 0113 or email Saturday March 5th. For further information
ltonner@gawa.org.au                                and costings contact UWA Extension on 6488
                                                   2433.
     Landcare on the Web                                       Waste Wise
                                                              Mobile Display
   Carbon Neutral Reaches for the Sky
Whilst car use produces unwanted greenhouse         The Waste Wise Mobile Display is a free
gas, travelling by plane is even more detrimental   resource of the Department of Environment
to the environment. Carbon Neutral are offering     that provides interactive and educational
the opportunity for air travellers to offset the    incursions for schools around WA. For more
emissions of their travel by paying to have trees   information about what this program can
planted. For information and examples check out     offer you or to book, please contact James
their website.                                      on       9278       0681      or      email
      http://www.carbonneutral.com.au               james.milne@environment.wa.gov.au

                   PerthEd                               Dates to Remember
The Perth Educational Directory Information ♦            1 March Business Clean-Up Day
site allows teachers to search for education
                                             ♦           4 March Schools Clean-Up Day
providers according to the strands that they
can deliver.                                 ♦           6 March Clean-Up Australia Day

          http://www.perthed.com.au                 ♦    6-13 March Sea Week
                                                    ♦    12-18 March Conservation Week
               Woodland Web                         ♦    22 March World Day for Water
Provides information on native grasslands and ♦          23 March World Meteorological Day
woodlands of southern Australia.
http://www.scu.edu.au/herbarium/woodlandweb/               Landcare Education
                                                                Website
                   Globalis
An interactive world map that aims to create an Check out our landcare education website for
understanding for similarities and differences in updated information on landcare issues and
human societies, as well as how we influence life resources.
on the planet.
                                                  http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/deo/midlands/i
           http://globalis.gvu.unu.edu/           ndex.htm



  The Tammin Alcoa Landcare Education                    For further information
    Program is proudly supported by ~                           contact…
                                                    Patricia Dames
                                                    Landcare Education Officer

                                                    Midlands District Education Office
                                                    297 Fitzgerald Street
                                                    PO Box 394
                                                    Northam WA 6401

                                                    Phone: (08) 9622 0200 Fax: (08) 9622 3996
                                                    E-mail: Patricia.Dames@det.wa.edu.au

								
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