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Wangaratta - 2017

The 2017 Wangaratta Student Environment Day was held under the shady trees surrounding the Community Centre at the Barr Reserve.  About 180 students attended the event which also promoted Rubbish Free Lunches, Refill Water Bottles and Sunsmart.  We also ran a SEED Kids Swap Shop during lunchtime so students could swap an item they no longer wanted with another item to give it a loved new life.

Some fantastic hands-on workshops were presented on the day by a number of local groups including Wangaratta Sustainability Networks Waste Wise Wangaratta, North East Water, Department of Environment, Land and Planning, Landcare, Rural City of Wangaratta, State Emergency Services, Petaurus Education, Goulburn Valley Water - ResourceSmart, North East Catchment Management Authority and Galen College.

Year 10 Science students from Galen College designed and presented a presentation for the grade five students on Palm Oil.  It was very powerful to have kids teaching kids and the Galen students employed some winning virtual reality technology to engage the primary students.  All the Galen students involved in the presentation had themselves been previously involved in Student Environment Days as primary school students, so were very enthusiastic about taking part in this project from a presenter perspective. (See newspaper article here Chronicle Article .pdf

Other presentations taught students about:

  • Wise Shopping Choices
  • Renewable Energy
  • Biodiversity
  • Filtering Water
  • Water Bugs
  • Understanding Fire
  • How to prepare for natural disasters
  • & Aboriginal Art


As well as all the local Natural Resource Management groups, I would like to especially thank the Rural City of Wangaratta for their contributions to the day and the partnership of the North East CMA and the North East WRRG for the organization of the event.

See below for pictures of each of the activities:

NECMA - Water Bugs

Waste Wise Wangaratta - Shopping Choices Landcare - Biodiversity

North East Water - Water Issues Rural City of Wangaratta - Biodiversity Bingo Petaurus Education - Aboriginal Art

Rural City of Wangaratta - Electricity ResourceSmart - Chocolate Chip Coal Mining SES - Natural Disasters

DELWP - The Web of Life Galen College - Palm Oil SEED Kids Swap Shop

When students return to their schools they will share their learning with their classmates and follow-up some of the learning they were particularly interested in using the SEED website and other resources to take their investigations further and learn more.

The 2018 Student Environment Days will be held in Tallangatta, Wodonga and Wangaratta. 

Keep checking this website for dates.