Natural Resources AMLR's education program (NRM Education) works with school and preschool communities to embed sustainability principles into their learning and management practices, linking them to the Australian Curriculum.
NRM Education has extensive support and resources available to schools and preschools. In addition, you can sign up to our weekly digest email to keep up to date with the latest grants and professional development on offer. NRM Education also delivers professional development to trainee teachers at each of the three major South Australian universities (Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia).
Did you know that in the last 10 years (2008-18) 80% of schools and preschools in the AMLR region were supported by NRM Education? If your school’s not one of them, get in touch today!
We use a whole-school approach when working with school or preschool communities to plan and manage ongoing sustainability initiatives. This is leading to improved educational and environmental outcomes linked to the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework. This brochure (print version) provides a convenient summary of the services that we offer.
Through the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative – South Australia (AuSSI-SA), we encourage schools and preschools to embrace sustainability principles in their learning and management practices to help develop more sustainable communities. Schools and preschools need to register to participate in the AuSSI-SA program.
You can view a list of AuSSI-SA schools and preschools in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges and their sustainability initiatives.
Our team has collated a selection of teaching resources. Within each theme is a variety of tools such as: units of work, resources, student activities, case studies from other schools, photo galleries and a loan library.
We provide professional development across the region for educators, parents and students on a range of sustainability topics such as nature play, sustainability in the curriculum, youth voice and school gardens. If you are an AuSSI-SA site, you can also work with your NRM Education officer to develop tailored PD for your site. Contact your local NRM Education team to find out more.
Keep up to date
If we don’t have the information or resources you need or you are interested in working with another school, please contact your local NRM Education team.
You can subscribe to our Weekly Digest to find out what NRM Education offers to young people and educators to manage natural resources sustainably.
Modification or distribution of resources
If you would like to copy, modify or otherwise distribute our resources, other than for personal or class use, please fill in the resource permissions form and fax it to the NRM Education central Adelaide office on (08) 8234 7266.
Grants and funding
Check out our grants and funding page for funding information. Many grants have a long lead time, so you may have to apply for funding the year before you intend to run your project.
Tips for successful projects
- Get students involved at the planning stages to encourage their ownership of the project.
- Remember who your important partners are – school staff, the grounds person, parents and your local community will all need to be involved.
- Don’t forget you can access environmental professionals, such as local NRM Education staff, who can help you with your projects.
- Get inspiration from other teachers – talk with them about what fundraising activities they have used on their projects.
As a student, your voice and opinions are important! You should know that what you have to say is valued, and that you can contribute to the solutions to local issues. Having a say on things that matter to you is often termed ‘youth voice’ or ‘student voice’.
We are here to support you and make sure your ideas about sustainability are heard! Click here to find out how we can help.