School Education

Nearer to Nature provide schools with excursions, incursions, professional learning and resources that meet requirements of the Australian Curriculum.

River excursions

Discovering the Swan and Canning rivers (Year 7 - 10)

Explore and investigate environmental change and management within the Swan Canning Riverpark.

Geography (7-10) Science (7- 10)

The Swan and Canning rivers flow through the heart of metropolitan Perth and provide us with a beautiful place to visit and enjoy. Students visit our iconic river to investigate environmental change and management of the system. During the excursion, impacts with human activities are identified and ideas on how we can better protect our river system are discussed. 
Venue: Approved river site closest to your school, please discuss when booking.

Bookings are essential call 9295 2244 

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SERCUL (South Eastern Regional Centre for Urban Landcare) has a Catchment Education Program to achieve an environmentally responsible school community in the Perth region, actively involved in environmental protection and catchment management.

How do they help schools?

Link you to training and Professional Development opportunities: to empower whole school communities to support local catchment management activities by running and promoting workshops.
*Canoeing on the Canning - a full day PL opportunity, hosted by SERCUL and held during National Water Week in October, where teachers learn about the river system and its issues while canoeing. Canoeing on the Canning can also be tailored to an all school PL day or team building sessions.
School Gardener Waterwise Training Course – joint training by SERCUL, Water Corporation and Challenger Institute of Technology over two days where gardeners learn water wise and fertilise wise practices.
Link schools to funds: link teachers to funding resources.
Link schools to learning resources: link teachers to educational resources.
Link schools to their local “patch”: link schools into on-ground activities together with local catchment and “friends of’ groups.
Produce an Educators Newsletter every term.
Provide incursions and excursions for school students.

For more information or to contact SERCUL


Rio Tinto Earth Assist is a conservation program run by Conservation Volunteers Australia, Rio Tinto, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Education and Training.

The program is aimed at all Western Australia secondary school students and teachers, and provides hands-on environmental volunteering opportunities in Western Australia's park, wetlands, bushland and coastal reserves.

Rio Tinto Earth Assist has been developed in response to a substantial increase in demand for volunteer activities suitable for secondary school students. Many secondary schools are recognising the value that volunteering has to offer students, as well as the broader community.

For more information visit the Conservation Volunteers of WA website.