Reference and research

NSW government schools are guided by the NSW Environmental Education Policy for Schools which has three core elements for the school community to focus on:

  • Curriculum integration – investigate, describe, plan and implement environmental activities into the K-12 teaching and learning programs in all key learning areas.
  • Plan and manage school grounds to provide learning opportunities and places for students.  Learn about aesthetic and comfortable spaces and the natural heritage of the school.
  • School resource use and management –  minimise ecological impacts and waste, encourage environmentally friendly purchasing and resource efficiencies.

Your local environmental or zoo education centre can support your school in implementing this policy in all three elements listed above.

Professional learning and networking

Teachers can search for current professional development courses on MyPL.

Contact your local environmental or zoo education centre to learn about professional development and educator networks available near you.

AAEE NSW is a State chapter of the Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE). AAEE is the national peak professional association for environmental educators in Australia. The  AAEE NSW represents environmental educators from all sectors (community, formal and government educators) in discussions, debates and provides recommendations on issues and directions for a sustainable future.

References and Research

Landscape management in NSW schools
Kitchen garden pilot program evaluation report
Literature search - Kitchen gardens in schools
Planet Ark research into health benefits of trees.

Who cares about the environment? - the Office of Environment and Heritage conducts social research every three years to track trends in the public’s environmental views, priorities, knowledge and actions.

Learning outside the classroom – a policy for supporting outdoor learning in UK schools.

Every experience matters - An evidence based research report on the role of learning outside the classroom for children’s whole development from birth to eighteen years has been published by Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) . Research carried out by Karen Malone, UNESCO, Growing up in cities Asia-Pacific, University of Wollongong, Australia.

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