School Education

Conservation of many threatened species, including the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, is dependent on community support and involvement.

When people understands the value of biodiversity and the reasons why biodiversity is being lost at unprecedented rates, they tend to change their attitude and behaviour and become actively engaged in biodiversity conservation.

The Friends value the importance of educating the upcoming generations about the importance of, and threats to, Australia’s unique biodiversity. It is upon their shoulders that the social problems arising from the current biodiversity crisis will fall. Children are naturally protective of the other life forms we share our planet with.

The Friends have a long history of visiting local schools. The current NSW Government Environmental Trust-funded School Education Program targets Stage 3 –6 Students and is designed to be fun and interactive for the students and to assist teachers by meeting curriculum outcomes.

We all know that shaping a sustainable future starts now … and is the responsibility of everyone. Thankfully, sustainability is now a significant cross-curriculum objective of the National Syllabus.

The aim of this education program is to develop students’ respect for biodiversity and appreciation of the role of science, monitoring and technology in continually building our understanding of the complex world we live in. Scientific research can be difficult to communicate, yet it is crucial that students are able to make meaningful links between everyday life and the application of scientific expertise.

The desired outcome is to inspire students to actively participate in local biodiversity conservation initiatives, to continually expand and communicate their knowledge, and to engage in ethical decision-making and consumption.

Balancing our needs and wants of today with our needs and wants of tomorrow is the big dilemma that humans face. The study of science encourages students to use evidence and reason to become informed, reflective citizens.

The Friends’ Primary and Secondary School Education Programs are developed and implemented by National Parks and Wildlife Service staff with over ten years experience in environmental education and threatened species management. The Stage 3 Program Outline and Stage 4-6 Program Outline detail the specific creative activities and curriculum outcomes.

The online multi-media presentations are available to everyone:
* Biodiversity Conservation: Growing Resilience in our Community investigates how biodiversity helps human society and how we can help biodiversity (
* The Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Presentation is designed to be presented by our school education officer and NPWS scientific technical officer on the Shoalhaven BTRW Recovery Program (
* Threatened Species Puppet Show

If you are interested in having a Friends presentation at your school or community group, please contact us.

Other publicly available educational resources from the Friends:

application/pdf iconFBTRW Colouring-In Templates 305.4 KB
application/pdf iconFBTRW Rusty's Terrific Teasers Quiz 110 KB
application/pdf iconFBTRW Suggested Websites List 305.82 KB
application/pdf iconFBTRW Biodiversity 4 Survival 197.71 KB
application/pdf iconThreatened Species Lists 987.48 KB