78 schools awarded Environmental Education Grants

Seventy-eight primary and secondary schools have shared in over $270,000 in Eco Schools Grants for environmental education initiatives.

School children learning about plants and flowers

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the NSW Environmental Trust grants aimed to instil environmental awareness and appreciation in children.

'These grants support environmental understanding and compassion in our students. They help educate students on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations,' Mr Speakman said.

Schools will use the money for projects that help young people to learn and value the natural environment, such as rehabilitating marshland vegetation and building community gardens that supply vegetables to the school canteen.

A northern NSW school plans to use the grant to install a stingless native beehive and bee attracting flora next to the school vegetable garden to encourage Australian native bees to settle in the school and pollinate its vegetable patch.

'All of the primary and secondary school children participating in these innovative environmental projects will transfer their learning to peers, family and communities, which will generate an environmental legacy,' Mr Speakman said.

'I encourage educators and members of school communities to consider implementing environmental programs, and to apply for future rounds of Environmental Trust Eco Schools grants.'

To see the full list of recipients and project descriptions, visit: Project summaries: 2015 Eco Schools program.