Water for the environment education resources

Explore our education resources, fact sheets and videos and learn about water for the environment and how this water is managed and used.

We recognise how important it is to educate and engage people about water for the environment and the vital role it plays in maintaining and improving the health of our rivers, wetlands and floodplains. This includes the plants and animals that depend on these waterways.

We have developed these education resources, some in partnership with other organisations, to support students, teachers and parents in their learning and teaching.

Mid Murray River wetlands at sunrise

These resources have been created to support teachers and senior students learn about aquatic ecosystems, water for the environment and how it is used and managed:

- Rivers: Sharing our water Teacher resource – teacher resource for Stages 4 and 5 (Years 7, 8, 9 and 10) geography and science

- Rivers: Sharing our water Student workbook – student workbook to accompany teacher resource.

Pink eared duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

These resources have been developed to help primary school students (Stages 1–3 or kindergarten to Years 5–6) and teachers learn about plants and animals that live in our waterways and how important water is to their survival:

- River Champions colouring poster (PDF 11.3MB) 

- Wild wetlands colouring sheet (PDF 210KB) – a colouring sheet for Stage 1 to any age

- Water for the Environment find-a-word (PDF 210KB) – take a journey through the rivers and wetlands of inland NSW. Find all 55 words and mark them off the list.

- The Southern Bell Frog Story – a colouring book for Stage 1 to any age

- Bittern or Bust – an interactive game about the endangered Australasian bittern.

Select a fact sheet to learn more about how water for the environment is used and managed.

River red gum fact sheet

The river red gum earns its common name from the colour of its timber. After rain or when cut, milled, and finished, the timber has a deep rich, red hue.

  • 23 May 2023

Connecting creeks, revitalising rivers

The Murray Anabranches provide important wildlife corridors, connecting the Murray River with its major anabranch, the Edward-Kolety.

  • 30 Mar 2022

Northern Basin Toolkit - Gwydir

A suite of projects are funded through the toolkit that aim to support ecological and community outcomes in the northern basin.

  • 28 Jul 2021

About blackwater: Water oxygen levels and native fish populations

Blackwater occurs naturally in rivers and wetlands, especially after flooding when decaying organic matter increases the amount of dissolved tannin in the water and causes it to change colour.

  • 30 Jun 2020

Water for the environment: Why do we need it?

Water for the environment is vital to help maintain healthy, productive and resilient river systems for the benefit of plants, animals and people.

  • 30 Jun 2020

Watch videos of environmental water in action