Teacher resources

Our educational resources make it easy to teach students about Melbourne’s water resources and the water cycle.

Targeting primary, secondary or tertiary students, our growing range includes an interactive map, videos, workbooks and factsheets.

Our educational resources

  • Melbourne's Water Story — has most of our resources for primary and secondary students
  • urban water cycle interactive map
  • wetland video series
  • Who’s still hiding? pack for young students
  • Know your river books and factsheets
  • frog curriculum and colouring sheets

Melbourne’s Water Story

Melbourne’s Water Story includes activities, lesson plans, suggested excursions and links to further educational material for the following year levels:

Interactive ‘urban cycle water’ map  

Ideal for: years 5 to 8

Melbourne Water’s Water Warriors explain the ‘urban water cycle’ — the movement of water and people.

Wetland videos

Ideal for: years 5 to 8

This series of videos looks at what goes on in Melbourne’s key wetland areas.

Animals of the wetland

Audio described version

Learn how wetlands support a variety of wildlife - including birds, reptiles, frogs, fish and bugs -- which are all part of a complex food web. Features Melbourne Water Education Officer Chris Lunardi.

This is one of six educational wetlands videos featuring the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands in Victoria, Australia.

Birds of the wetland

Audio described version

Discover the importance of the Edithvale-Seaford wetlands to 190 bird species, including migratory birds that travel 12,000kms from Siberia to Australia. Features Andrew Silcocks of Bird Life Australia.

This is one of six educational wetlands videos featuring the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands in Victoria, Australia.

Friends of the wetlands

Audio described version

The Friends of Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands have been pivotal in protecting and improving the wetlands. Les Williams, 'Old Man of the Swamp' and the group's co-founder, speaks of their many activities and achievements, including helping the wetlands gain international recognition for their significance.

This is one of six educational wetlands videos featuring the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands in Victoria, Australia.

History of the wetland

Audio described version

Follow the history of the Edithvale-Seaford wetlands, from their origins as Carrum Carrum Swamp -- territory of the indigenous Bunwurrung language group to the time of early settlement. Features local historian Graham Whitehead, who shares his grandfather's experiences trying to settle in a flood-prone swamp area.

This is one of six educational wetlands videos featuring the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands in Victoria, Australia.

Plants of the wetland

Audio described version

Learn why plants are important to a wetland, and how some of them were used by indigenous people for food, fibre and medicine. Features Dr Beth Gott, Honorary Research Fellow, who tells us the Edithvale-Seaford wetlands has 87 plant species that have records of Aboriginal use.

This is one of six educational wetlands videos featuring the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands in Victoria, Australia.

Books and factsheets

Who’s still hiding?  

Ideal for: foundation to year 2

Help younger students discover the animals that call our rivers and creeks home. To order a free ‘who’s still hiding?’ pack for your school library, contact us on 131 722 or email [email protected].

Additional resources:

Know your river

Ideal for: years 9 to 10

Information about the history, geography and wildlife of the Yarra, Maribyrnong, Werribee and Bass rivers and Dandenong Creek.

Booklets

Factsheets

Frog curriculum and colouring sheets

Ideal for: foundation to years 9 or 10

Modules are linked to the Victorian Curriculum with a number of extension activities that allow schools to complete frog conservation activities. Colouring sheets are great for rainy days.

Last updated:
16 October 2017