Be Waterways Smart Program

All our programs can be adapted to the needs of your learners or audience. Location and timeframes are also adaptable. Support is provided for further learning and engagement through our volunteer-led programs in Landcare, Litter Blitz, Waterwatch, and more.

Your organisational capacity to support our programs will be taken into consideration.

Areas of focus cover themes of environmental science – animal science, geology, botany, citizen science, birdlife, local history, waterways management, habitat restoration, waste management, human well-being, and community leadership.

Riverkeeper Walks

Learn about the Werribee River catchment from the source to the sea – covering all aspects of the river, fauna and flora, water management systems, and human impacts on the river.

Cost $150 plus GST per hour approx. Meet at the location of choice or classroom.

Wildlife of the Werribee catchment

Learn about the native fish, birds, frogs, lizards, and other creatures that live in the Werribee catchment, some critically endangered due to changes in their natural habitat.

Cost $150 plus GST per hour approx. Meet at the location of choice or classroom.

Mad About Platypus

Learn about platypus biology, the technique scientists use to monitor them, what are the threats to their population, and what they can do to help. We also have a taxidermy platypus so students can see and feel first-hand what they look like. This session can be run as an incursion through a PowerPoint presentation or an excursion as a walk along the Werribee River. Suited to all age groups.
Cost $150 plus GST per 45-minute session.

Habitat Restoration

Learn about the habitats that support an increase in native birdlife and other native animals. Support and advice for on-site restoration ecology, i.e., to build a frog bog, a wildflower meadow, a lizard lounge, and habitat gardens.

Cost $150 plus GST per hour. Meet at the location of choice. Adaptable for full site restoration projects, and in this period of 2021, we have plants to share.

River Detectives Session

Collect water samples from nearby source (or these can be brought on-site) and using scientific methods, participants are able to study invertebrate life and draw conclusions on water quality, aquatic animal life, and the health of the river.
Cost FREE for a 45-minute session. Can be adapted for the classroom or at local waterways.

Water Quality Session

Water samples collected from the river or wetlands are tested for their water quality. Basic water sampling will include testing temperature, pH levels, temperature, turbidity, salinity, and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus). A longer session can include more thorough testing for dissolved oxygen. The results are used to draw conclusions on the water quality, aquatic animal life, and the health of the river.
Cost $150 plus GST per 45-minute session for basic water testing, or $250 plus GST for the longer and more in-depth sessions.

Understanding Microplastics

Learners sift through sand and soil samples to find sources of plastics and other foreign material that they analyse and categorise, and develop a greater understanding of the effects of plastics on our ecology and human health.

Cost $250 plus GST per session approx. min 60-90mins approx. Meet at location of choice or classroom.

Litter Champions

Learners are engaged in a litter collection at their school or community site, with a waste audit and analysis of litter source. Participants are supported to commence a Litter Action Plan to lessen the impacts of litter in their environment and to reduce, reuse and recycle. Litter bags and tongs supplied. We can arrange removal of the litter collected.

Cost $250 plus GST per session approx. min 60-90mins
approx. Meet at the location of choice.

 

Please email us with your enquiry admin@werribeeriver.org.au