The Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC), in partnership with Nearer to Nature, offers a number of programs for Kindy to Year 12 which allow students to learn about the local environment in interactive ways. Natural and built environments co-exist to provide a unique outdoor classroom for students.

CREEC programs support the implementation of the Western Australian curriculum in:​

  • HASS
  • STEM
  • literacy, critical, creative thinking and intercultural understanding
  • sustainability and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

Programs may take one of three formats

Core programs

The City of Canning has partnered with Nearer to Nature to deliver the CREEC school programs. Nearer to Nature are part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and offer environmental education activities from the Perth Hills Discovery Centre and other sites in the Perth area. Guided core programs at CREEC are between 90 to 120 minutes in duration and are facilitated by a qualified Environmental Education Officer. Selected Nearer to Nature programs are also available at CREEC.
Core programs are available for booking throughout the school year:

For all program details view the Nearer to Nature at CREEC School Brochure 2022

For core programs please visit the Nearer to Nature schools page, email n2n@dbca.wa.gov.au or call 9295 2244.

Self-guided trails

Self-guided trails are tailored for different year levels and usually take school groups approximately 50 to 60 minutes to complete. School staff are responsible for the coordination of these trails and the supervision of students. Equipment is available for loan for these activities such as class sets of binoculars, clipboards and pencils. Teachers must book self-guided programs in order to reserve equipment.

For self-guided programs please contact CREEC on creec@canning.wa.gov.au or call 9461 7160 or book via the Nearer to Nature schools page.

Special events

Special events refer to a guided program of events facilitated by a qualified Environmental Education Officer. Special events take place on specified dates.
For special events please contact CREEC on creec@canning.wa.gov.au or call 9461 7160.

Planning a visit

For additional information that you need to know when visiting the centre, check out planning your visit

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