Earth’s Treasures

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Excursion Program Overview

Our amazing planet contains hidden treasures.  Embark on a journey of discovery as we explore every day materials and identify connections to natural resources.  Prepare to challenge your current waste management behaviour at school and home to ensure a sustainable future.

This program can be tailored to suit different levels of understanding, from topic introduction through to topic consolidation.

Your program includes:

There are two options for this program.  The 2 hour program includes three activities listed below (selected upon booking).  The 4 hour program includes all five activities.


Explore our wastelands to uncover where resources come from and how they are recycled.

Recycling and the Alternatives

Drama based activity that follows the different journeys of an aluminium can depending on which bin it is put in.  

Recycling Relay, Waste Wise Shopping and Waste Free Lunches

Examine common items and decide which can be recycled and determine which are single use that end up in landfill.  Explore the 5Rs inverted pyramid (Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to identify the various points at which waste can be reduced.

Compost Bin & Worms

Step through our ‘Incredible Shrinking Machine’ and immerse yourself in compost where you will meet minibeasts and discover how they help us to reduce organic waste.

Minibeast Hunt

Investigate habitats available within the grounds of our Sustainability Centre and collect samples of the species present.  Students closely examine the invertebrates they collected with the aid of a video microscope in our specialised room known as ‘The Hollow’.  Students are introduced to the important role these organisms play in recycling in nature.  

Both programs conclude with:

Call to Action

Students are empowered to create positive change around waste reduction and our shared environment.

Restrictions: More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request; only available during a 4 hour program.

Victorian Curriculum Links:

Science: Science Understanding

  • People use science in their daily lives (VCSSU041)
  • Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (VCSSU044)
  • Everyday materials can be physically changed or combined with other materials in a variety of ways for particular purposes (VCSSU045)
  • Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (VCSSU047)

Science: Science Inquiry Skills

  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions (VCSIS051)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways (VCSIS055)

Geography: Geographical Knowledge

  • Reasons why some places are special and some places are important to people and how they can be looked after (VCGGK069)


  • Explore roles, characters and dramatic action in dramatic play, improvisation and process drama (VCADRE021)
  • Use voice, facial expression, movement and space to imagine and establish role and situation (VCADRD022)

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Program Details

Program Location Sustainability Education Centre Cheltenham
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 4
Possible Start Times 10am (9.40am arrival), 12.30pm (12.10pm arrival)
Grade Level Prep - Year 2
Program Duration 2 hours, 4 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Earth's resources, Properties of materials, Waste Minimisation, Worms & Compost
Cost per group 2hr program - $360, 4hr program - $540