The Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) incorporates various programs for students from middle childhood to learn and ask questions about the local environment.
How living things adapt to changes in the physical environment
The Kent Street Weir on the Canning River provides a unique location to compare two river ecosystems. Students have the opportunity to investigate the role of the weir, how it has altered the river system and how plants and animals have adapted to changes in the physical environment. Students conduct salinity tests, following a plant trail to map changes in vegetation along the river. Students discuss future environmental management in view of the proposed upgrade to the Kent St Weir planned this year.
$7 per student | 1.5 hours | WA Curriculum – Sc, M, HASS, Tech, CCT, ER, Sust.
Doug the Darter
A local waterbird’s dice with death
Hear the real life rescue story of Doug the Darter, a waterbird who became entangled in rubbish. This story highlights how waste enters our waterways and the impacts it can have on wildlife. Students participate in a rubbish survey and create their own waste net to display in their classroom.
$7 per student | 1.5 hours | WA Curriculum – Sc, HASS,Tech, Lit, CCT, ER, Sust.
Take a Dip
Exploring river ecosystems
This popular, interactive program provides students with the opportunity to sample and record the amazing and diverse macro-invertebrate communities living in the Canning River. Students utilise field equipment to investigate the critical role of aquatic life in maintaining the health of wetland ecosystems. Classification, adaptations or food webs can be a focus on request.
$7 per student | 1.5 hours | WA Curriculum – Sc, HASS, Lit, CCT, ER, Sust. Also suitable for Yr 7 – Biological Sciences
From Range to River
The story of our catchment
Where does the Canning River come from and where does it flow to? A big picture view of our waterways is presented as students interact with a 3-D model to consider the human impacts on the Swan Canning River catchment, the consequences for living things and action people can take for sustainable change.
$7 per student | 1.5 hours | WA Curriculum – Sc, HASS, Lit, CCT, ER, Sust.
Revealing the river’s past
Students glimpse into the past lives of those who lived and settled around the Canning River by investigating historical records such as maps, photos and diaries. Students participate in team games highlighting different community perspectives and how they have shaped the river over time. A free additional guided tour of historical Woodloes Homestead can be booked with this program.
$7 per student | 1.5 hours | WA Curriculum – HASS, Science, Lit, CCT, A&TSI, ER, Sust.
Djarlgarra Yarning K-Y12
‘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.
Session times are: 9.30 to 11.30am or 12.00 to 2.00pm.
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.