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Have you immersed your students in nature this year? We would love to help you with your next excursion and have a range of new and existing programs in a variety of subject areas to inspire, engage and enhance the learning of your students. As an added bonus – all visiting teachers will receive 4hrs (BOSTES registered) field work professional learning! Our NSW Environmental Education Centres are all staffed by trained teachers… Read More

Year 11 Senior Science, Earth and Environmental Science and Geography teacher professional learning. Registered BOSTES course. “Checking the Pulse of the Hawkesbury River” 27th November 2015 @ Brewongle EEC. Study Topics: Water for Living / Local Environment/Biophysical Interactions Spend a day working with academics and technical staff from Western Sydney University and Brewongle on the Hawkesbury River. This excursion will focus on River Ecology and Management and provide you with enhanced expertise… Read More

We rely on water for all aspects of our lives. Often with hardly a thought we wash, drink, flush, swim, excrete and waste water. Do you know where your water comes from? How it got to the tap you just turned on? Where it goes after that loo flush, hot shower or car wash on the driveway? How does our water use influence the state of our rivers? Students who visit us… Read More

Early this week we had a moving and special day. We journeyed with Aboriginal students and staff from Arthur Phillip HS, Blacktown Girls HS, St Clair HS and St Mary’s Senior to several rock art sites in the NW Sydney region. We offer thanks to the Darug Community and Elder Aunty Edna Watson for giving their permission to enter and view these sites. Our guide for the day was Erin Wilkins –… Read More

I feel like this is the time of year for a bit of connection to some real things in life! Nothing about Christmas consumerism, busy shops, parties, politics or school reports. Here follows a few cool things I have come across in a pictorial journal from my phone. All mostly extra-curricular…. The Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre’s spring fair was as lovely event filled with sustainability, good food, music and of course our kid… Read More

Once again we are indebted to the lovely students and staff from Mt Druitt Tutorial School for their bush regeneration efforts last Friday. Perfect cool weather allowed us to continue lantana removal in our patch of critically endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. Angus, Kyla and Emma from Blue Tongue Ecosystems came along to lend a hand and provide tools and expertise. We came across some amazing incidental wildlife sightings including an old… Read More

  Ever wondered what happens after you flush? If you live in an urban area then your waste will disappear down the pipes and you will probably not give it any further thought. Most likely your waste will travel to a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), then eventually it will end up back in our waterways. For most of the 15 or so STP’s in Western Sydney, the water will return from whence it came… Read More

There is something inherently satisfying about pulling out weeds – don’t you agree? Managing ecosystems is a tricky complex business, but pulling out and poisoning noxious problem plants like lantana is a real, hands on result orientated activity. You can see and measure progress and I swear I could hear the native plants sighing as we removed choking thickets of smelly, prickly lantana. Lantana is a garden plant (from South America originally) that causes… Read More

Our brilliant sunshiney classroom for the day yesterday was the Hawkesbury River at Sackville North. Senior Geography students from Cherrybrook Technology High School enjoyed the winter sun and a pleasant 19 degrees as they assessed the health of our beautiful river. This program called River Ecology (Water for Living) has been running for the last 5 years with the help of the University of Western Sydney. They provide us with boats, monitoring equipment and expertise… Read More

Chris Tobin is a local Darug Aboriginal man, artist and educator who we sometimes manage to lure out to Brewongle. We love hearing his stories and feel privileged to learn of his cultural knowledge. Chris recently created some beautiful artwork on one of our grey gums during the Engaging Visions artists workshop. Enjoy this short video as he relates the story of the waratah via his artwork with bellbirds in the background… Read More