Service providers

Various agencies provide support for environmental and sustainabiltiy activities in schools, including:

  • Federal and state government
  • Local government
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Commercial enterprises

The type of support provided may vary and can include grants, programs, awards or competitions. Below is a list of some of the local services and programs that you might wish to investigate. Also check our funding opportunities page.

Federal and state government

  • NSW National Parks  and Wildlife Service Education programs are available for primary, secondary and tertiary students and some programs can be delivered at your school. Excursions and incursions explore local natural environments and learn about nature, conservation, Aboriginal culture and historic heritage.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust provides information about plant conservation, a program of botanical visitor experiences including curriculum-linked school excursions and school holiday activities. They also provide an early childhood program Dandy Lions, which delivers environmental education to urban children and their families as weekly fun in the Gardens.
  • The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan is the native plant garden of the Royal botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. It covers 416 hectares, making it the largest botanic garden in Australia. It also houses the Australian PlantBank, a science and research facility, housing the Trust's seedbank and research laboratories that specialise in horticultural research and conservation of Australian native plant species, particularly those from NSW.  It also provides school excursions and community education programs.
  • The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah in the world-heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, is situated 1000 metres above sea level and showcases many beautiful native and exotic plants not suited to Sydney's climate. It also provides school excursions and community education programs.
  • Museum2you is an environmental education program for communities across NSW on the issues of sustainability, climate change and biodiversity. Councils, libraries, regional museums, community groups and organisations can host a Museum2you mini exhibition.

Local government

Many local councils provide support to schools. Check our local government page to see if your council is listed and what support they provide. A number of councils foster teacher environmental networks. Check our school networks page for more information.

  • NetWaste - a voluntary regional waste group focused on collaborative approaches to waste and resource management. Covering over 39% of the state, benefits are delivered to 28 member councils in regional NSW.  Participating member councils include Broken Hill, Central Darling, Bourke, Cobar, Brewarrina, Walgett, Parkes through to the Blue Mountains.  Projects include Waste to Art which encourages community members (including schools) to participate in the local competition and exhibition. The Environmental Learning Facility (ELF) situated in Orange is a multi-functional centre for learning, which is designed to provide a working demonstration of the technologies available for developing more ecologically sustainable lifestyles.

Not for profit organisations

A range of not for profit organisations provide education service delivery or teaching resources on a variety of environmental and sustainability themes including:

  • Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB) - an independent community-based environmental organisation in NSW fostering long-term community efforts that protect and enhance the NSW environment. KNSWB delivers a range of awards, grant and education programs that educate and motivate communities to take up environmentally sustainable practices. Programs include Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Cities, Clean Beaches, Community Litter Grants and EnviroMentors.
  • Planet Ark - supports individuals, schools and businesses that want to reduce their day-to-day impact on the environment. Programs include National recyling week, Schools Recycle Right and National Tree Day each with educational resources.

Commercial enterprises

Check with local businesses, they may be able to partner with you to provide expertise or materials for school environmental projects.  Some companies provide specific help to schools including:

  • Bunning's Schools Sustainability Program - each store works with local schools and holds activities including school visits, schoolyard makeovers and D.I.Y workshops. 
  • Mitre 10 - as part of their "Mighty Helpful" philosophy provides some support through their network of independently owned stores.

Some environmental service companies have education programs:

  • Visy -provides recycling programs to help teachers and students understand how products can be recycled. Visy Enviromaniacs is one program they run for primary students.
  • Transpacific Cleanaway - Recover, Recycle, Reuse,  have a schools program which includes information, education contacts and resources.
Page last updated: 31 March 2015