Environmental Education Programs

The Maitland Schools Environment Program

The Schools Environment Program encourages the formation of partnerships between Council, school populations and the local community. It aims to create environmental improvement within school grounds with opportunities to foster greater community awareness in relation to environmental education. This in turn facilitates the spread of environmental stewardship throughout the wider community.

Through the Program, Council is able to assist with the following;

  1. The development of recommendations for on-ground environmental improvement in school grounds.
  2. Facilitate the incorporation of environmental education into the school curriculum through a Resource Kit for Schools.
  3. Facilitate the biennial Maitland Environmental Youth Forum.
  4. Coordinate and distribute 'The Environmental Educator' newsletter.
  5. Provide resources to assist with the implementation of environmental projects.
  6. Coordination of workshops and presentations relating to environmental issues.
  7. Assit in accessing external funds to implement on-ground recommendations.
  8. On-going support and technical expertise.  

 For further information on the Maitland City Council Schools Environment Program click here

To nominate as the Environmental Contact Teacher at your school please click here or contact 49349833.

To request resources to complete an environmental project at your school please click here or contact 49349833.

The Maitland Environmental Educator Newsletter 

Term 3, 2017 

 Term 2, 2017

 Term 1, 2017

Term 4, 2016

For more information please contact Councils Environmental Strategy and Programs team on (02) 4934 9700.

The Environmental Youth Forum

The Environmental Youth Forum runs as a component of the Schools Environmental Program.  It is a biennial event hosted by Maitland City Council to provide local school students and teachers with the opportunity to come together to learn about and share ideas about the environment.  The forum also endeavours to achieve a sense of appreciation for the natural environment within participants.

The 2016 Environmental Youth Forum

The 2016 Environmental Youth Forum was held on Thursday 5 May, 2016 at Walka Water Works.  The forum was attended by both primary and high school students and teachers.

Workshops were presented by the following organisations:

  • Blackbutt Reserve: Reptiles and their local environment
  • Hunter Resource Recovery - Recycling in Maitland
  • Local Land Services - Water quality and water bugs
  • Maitland City Council: Native tree planting
  • Department of Industry: Mine Rehabilitation    
  • Department of Primary Industries- Marine Parks
  • Rural Fire Service: Managing Fires
  • Maitland City Council: Local weeds
  •  Riverdene Nurseries: Plant Propagation    
  • Hunter Bird Observer's: Endangered bird species
  • Wetlands Environmental Education Centre: Sustainable Energy

Funding for the 2016 event was provided by Maitland City Council with additional sponsorship provided by Hunter Resource Recovery and grant funding by Local Land Services - Hunter.

To access a copy of the 2016 Environmental Youth Forum proceedings document clink on the link below:-

2016 Environmental Youth Forum Proceedings Document

 The next forum is scheduled to be held in 2018. For further information contact Councils Environmental Strategy and Programs team on 49349700.

A Sense of Place in Maitland Kit

The Maitland Sense of Place Kit was developed by Maitland Region Landcare. The kit aims to provide schools’ and the community with information on the local natural and cultural heritage, environmental issues and their management, and possible excursion opportunities to explore the local environment. Click here to download the kit

Sustainability Snapshots

Use the below fact sheets to learn how you can reduce your impact on the environment and live more sustainably. 

Love Food Hate Waste

Council waste audits show that each year, NSW households generate 800,000 tonnes of food waste and businesses generate 300,000 tonnes.  This means $2.5 billion worth of food a year is thrown away or about $1,000 a household.

Love Food Hate Waste - is an internationally successful campaign to help thousands of households and businesses reduce growing amounts of food waste.

There are simple things to do to waste less food, including buying only what we need, preparing and cooking correct amounts, and storing food items properly.

For further information visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Small Acts Big Change

 Small Acts Big Change is a waste education program aimed at reducing the amount of items that we send to landfill. It is about recovering valuable and finite natural resources that require inputs of water and energy at every stage of a products lifecycle. There are lots of items that we use everyday and then get rid of by throwing them in the garbage. We create so much waste by throwing away old things, as well as throwing away the packaging required for new things.

To find out how you can play your part visit Small Acts Big Change