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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

We experience plenty of warm fuzzy feelings while doing our jobs as environmental educators but yesterday began with a lovely and remarkable happening. We were welcoming year 8 students from Broken Hill and Willyama High Schools to our field site at White Leeds Wetlands with an acknowledgement of country (This is a way to give our respect to the traditional Aboriginal people of this land). Sue Saxby from Wambangalang EEC near Dubbo… Read More

Wall to wall blue skies, enthusiastic, skilled students and a beautiful wetland setting just 2km outside Broken Hill made for a brilliant day of outdoor studies. We met Burke Ward PS, Alma PS and Railway Town PS students, staff and parents for a day of “Dragon Diagnostics” at White Leeds Station. There is much more than just mining in Broken Hill! With Kellys Creek and some majestic but very young river gums… Read More

Our annual migration to western New South Wales is under way. We have just driven from the Sydney basin clean across this huge state of ours to Broken Hill. I love how NSW unfolds itself (literally) as you leave behind the creases of the Great Dividing Range and head into the west. Dubbo marks the last of any significant relief in the topography until you have paid your dues on the long… 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

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

Geology has never held that much interest for me in the past, but my nerdy brain fires up with interest when geology can be related to the living things on our planet. The year 12 students of Stella Maris College Manly who visited us for a two day camp program discovered some interesting relationships between our local soils, geology, vegetation and wildlife. Being boffin earth and environmental scientists we conducted a soil profile… Read More

We just enjoyed another camp with the fine students from JEPS. Thanks to all students, staff and parents from this lovely school for all your contributions over the two days. Enjoy the following gallery of photos! Click on the link to view them online. Some links that may be useful as follow up on some of our lessons: Dharug Dalang for Dharug language – http://www.dharug.dalang.com.au/Dharug/filedownload/FrontPage.html First Footprints – and excellent documentary and website… Read More

Year 11 Senior Science from The Hills Sports High were at the top of their game when completing a study of the open forest adjacent to Turnbulls lagoon, Sackville North. We travelled to our field site, determined that the ecosystem type was in fact open forest, dug some dirt, climbed to the ridge top and avoided the jumping ants. The students decided the Western Sydney Dry Rainforest was in fairly healthy condition… Read More

Brewongle descended on Cattai National Park this week with the enthusiastic and talented year 7 & 8 students of Norwest Christian College. Geography was the aim of the day and the students spent their time discovering various Geographical field techniques. Cattai National Park is situated on the meandering Hawkesbury River near Pitt Town and has a rich history of Aboriginal and European occupation. The Cattai clan of the Darug people may have lived here for 20,000 years or… Read More