The Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) incorporates various programs for students of adolescent age to learn and ask questions about the local environment.
Rivers at Risk
Identifying hazards and associated risks to natural ecosystems
Students are introduced to natural and ecological hazards associated with river systems within an urban catchment such as drought, introduced species and eutrophication. Students take a guided walk through the Canning River Regional Park to consider how such hazards can impact people and how associated risks may be sustainably managed at a local level.
$7 per student | 1.5 hours | WACE - Geography ATAR Unit 1, General Unit 1- EES ATAR Unit 4, General Unit 4
Testing Testing H20
A comparison of water quality
The Kent Street Weir on the Canning River provides a unique location to compare two river systems. Students utilise field equipment to assess abiotic features such as pH, salinity, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and nutrient levels both upstream and downstream of the Weir. Water quality data is compared and discussed in terms of the impacts on aquatic life and the long term management of the Canning River.
$7 per student | 1.5 hours | WACE - Biology ATAR Unit 1/General Unit 4, Integrated Science ATAR Unit 2/General Unit 1, Geography ATAR Unit 3/General Unit 1. *Can be adapted for Yr 9 – Biological Sciences
SIGNALs in the Stream
An ecological snapshot of river health
Using the mathematical SIGNAL model as an assessment tool, students gain an indication of water quality in the Canning River by sampling and classifying aquatic macro-invertebrates. Results are discussed within a broader framework of sustainable water management within the Swan-Canning River catchment.
$9 per student | 2 hours | WACE - Biology ATAR Unit 1/General Unit 4, Integrated Science ATAR Unit 2/ General Unit 1, Geography ATAR Unit 3/General Unit 1.
Canning River Stories
The Noongar people’s strong connection with the wetlands and rivers that flow across the Swan Coastal Plain forms the basis for much of their culture, spirituality, and identity. Hear from an experienced Noongar educator who demonstrates first-hand how the resources provided by the land and river were traditionally used and how the seasons dictated their availability and sustainable use. Students participate in a range of hands-on activities suited to age level. This program is adapted to each year level based on Western Australian Curriculum content.
Taking place from 9.30am to 11.30am or 12pm to 2pm, the dates for the programs are:
- Term 1, Week 10: 8, 9 and 10 April
- Term 2, Week 5: 27, 28 and 29 May
- Term 3, Week 6: 26, 27 and 28 August
- Term 4, Week 4: 4, 5 and 6 November
$9 per student | 2 hours | WA Curriculum – Sc, Tech, M, HASS, Lit, CCT, IU, A&TSI, ER, Sust.