EnviroMentors Program

Keep NSW Beautiful has been bringing environmental education to NSW primary schools for over twenty years. 
EnviroMentors is the country’s leading mobile incursion-based environmental education program, visiting 44,000+ school students each year, reaching every corner of NSW with sustainability workshops. EnviroMentors modules provide a range of education services to improve community awareness and engagement on local sustainability issues and initiatives.

Like other KNSWB programs, EnviroMentors focuses on motivating communities to participate in simple and practical ways to improve their local environment.

The team consists of qualified teachers as well as experts in sustainability.

The EnviroMentors offer a series of different workshops that cover a multitude of environment issues. All modules are designed to engage students through movement and fun activities. The pace of the workshops are mixed by incorporating games and dramatic play to keep children engrossed and actively learning for the whole session.

The workshops combine immediate and practical lessons for how students can reduce their environmental footprint, while imparting crucial ideas about why this is important.

Modules are tailored for Early Stage 1-3 (Stage 1: Years 1 & 2; Stage 2: Years 3 & 4; Stage 3: Years 5 & 6) with age-appropriate activities.

EnviroMentors use visuals, props and interactive participation to ensure that all learning styles are catered for and each and every student goes home armed with valuable lessons and motivated to live more sustainably.

Workshops run for about an hour with educators conducting up to four sessions per day. Schools receive a certificate of participation acknowledging councils funding and a USB of activities for teachers to follow up learning after the workshop.
April 2016 - EnviroMentors Visit the Region

EnviroMentors is always well received in the Council area. The program is aligned with the Australian National Curriculum and supports six different curriculum areas. Where possible, workshops incorporate the use of various technologies, making them a valuable experience for teachers and students on many different levels.

The program was a great success during the visit, stimulating and motivating participants.
Students’ enthusiasm and responses to the issues raised indicated their interest in the workshops.

Discussion with teachers revealed an appreciation of the program being hosted by Council.

EnviroMentors highly values the relationship between Council and Keep NSW Beautiful.

EnviroMentors has been visiting the area since 2013 delivering a variety of modules that have been well received in local schools. From returned evaluation forms, we have noticed that teachers expressed interest in a range of modules for future bookings. The most popular modules chosen were Saving Water and Schoolyard Harvest, which Council may wish to consider for its next booking.

Keep NSW Beautiful continues to endeavour to meet both teacher and Council needs by developing suitable and pertinent modules for high-quality environmental education for our children and wider communities. We welcome your feedback and look forward to discussing how best we can continue to meet your needs in the future.
Dalgety Public School - EnviroMentors Visit 2015
Photo of Sustainability - KNSWB Enviromentors
Benefits of EnviroMentors

For Councils

  • Provision of all correspondence, promotion, school liaison, teaching and reporting
  • Tailored workshops to address local issues and focus points that Council request
  • Promotion of Council’s services
  • Valuable and constructive feedback
  • Liaison with Government Department and sustainability networks to ensure content is current and relevant
For Schools:
  • Promotion, consolidation and extension of positive environmental practices
  • Syllabus linked outcomes
  • Activities are age-appropriate, interactive, stimulating and fun
  • Provision of resource material such as worksheets, brochures, posters, certificates, and newsletters
  • Workshops contain AV/IWB components where available, complementing technology use within school
For the Community:
  • Increased awareness of waste and sustainability issues
  • Enhanced understanding of the need for appropriate resource use and reduced consumption
  • Local issues and focus points highlighted
  • Influence extended towards the broader community, as participants are encouraged to teach others the new information learned
  • A shift towards more appropriate behaviors as a result of better understanding of environmental issues