Sustainable schools

Council supports local educators and students on their sustainability journey by connecting schools with a range of educational resources. 

To learn more please email our Environmental Education Officer or call 8290 1333.

Professional development for teachers

We have partnered with Cool Australia and the Port Phillip EcoCentre to support teachers to access free sustainability-focused PD opportunities. To access your free online Cool Australia module of your choice, email our Environment team.

Join the Teachers Environment Network (TEN) to access five free professional learning workshops each year as well as a bank of environmental education resources.

Resources for schools

Join other Stonnington schools on their sustainability journey by becoming a ResourceSmart School. This free program supports Victorian schools to embed sustainability across school facilities, community and curriculum, while saving schools money and resources.

Compost Revolution offers discounted compost bins, bokashi bins and worm farm to Stonnington residents and schools —  encourage your school community to get involved to raise money to develop your school’s garden!

Early years educational resources

Nature-based play is important for all children and promotes healthy physical, social and cognitive childhood development. 

Stonnington’s Nature Play Handbook(PDF, 3MB) is a practical and easy-to-use guide for families and educators with resources and ideas about how to integrate nature play into early years education. To find out more about integrating nature play in your Stonnington early learning centre, email our Environment team.

Other great nature play resources include the State of Nature Play, Outdoor Learning and Bush Kinder in Victoria report and the Kids in Nature Network Facebook page.

Primary and secondary educational resources

  • Cool Australia has a wealth of free, curriculum-linked sustainability lesson and unit plan resources for all subject areas and year levels, including a Student Toolbox digital library available to kids at home to watch videos and documentaries, and view images, articles, stories and news on a range of topics.
  • Explore free resources for primary and secondary students in the CERES Sustainability Hub.
  • Check out this great collection of educational clips from Toorak Primary School for kids to get into Sustainability@Home through exploring seed planting, baking and salad-making (primary students).
  • TROPICSU has a huge collection of digital climate change teaching tools and lesson resources designed by teachers for teachers across a range of subjects/ages.
  • Get your students to read, watch and play the at-home National Geographic Society/National Geographic Kids education resources.
  • The Fact Detectives podcast from Kinderling is a great biodiversity listening and learning resource for early learning and primary students.
  • The Roots and Shoots Resource Box is a new free K-6 resource bank focused on caring for our wildlife and natural environment from the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia (JGIA).
  • Encounter Ed UK has a range of free lesson and unit plans on sustainability topics, including climate, energy and ocean pollution (mid-primary and secondary).
  • Melbourne Water have a great range of curriculum-aligned, interactive games, treatment plant tours and lesson resources (primary and secondary).
  • Share positive environmental news stories and actions with your students each week from Planet Ark.
  • Take a virtual stroll around the Melbourne Museum and check out their YouTube channel.

Engage with local biodiversity

Explore the Glen Iris Wetlands, the Malvern Urban Forest and Herring Island, or take your students on a historical tour along the Yarra River through the Life of the Yarra audio tour.

Email us to find the right space for your students.