Teacher resources

Our educational resources help educate primary, secondary and tertiary students and the community about Melbourne’s urban water cycle.

Visit the Teacher Resources section of Melbourne's Water story for activities, lesson plans and excursions kits for primary and secondary students.​

Water Warriors

The Water Warriors and the Urban Water Cycle provides useful links to data and information on the Melbourne Water website.

Wetland videos

Animals of the wetland

Wetlands support a variety of wildlife including birds, reptiles, frogs, fish and bugs, which are all part of a complex food web.

Video transcript - animals of the wetland (word, 30kb) 

Birds of the wetland

The Edithvale-Seaford Wetland is home to 190 bird species, including migratory birds that travel 12,000 kilometres from Siberia to Australia.​

Video transcript - birds of the wetland (word, 30kb) 

Drainage story of the wetland

The wetland is the remaining portion of the once extensive Carrum Carrum Swamp,
which was drained for grazing and housing development.​

Video transcript - drainage story (word, 30kb)

Friends of Edithvale-Seaford Wetland

The Friends of Edithvale Seaford Wetland have been pivotal in its protection and improvement, and have helped it gain international recognition.​

Video transcript - Friends of Edithvale-Seaford wetland (word, 30kb)

History of the wetland

Originally the territory of the indigenous Bunwurrung language group, the Edithvale-Seaford Wetland caused difficulties for early settlers trying to live in a flood-prone swamp.

Video transcript - history of the wetland (word, 30kb)

Plants of the wetland

The Edithvale-Seaford Wetland has 87 recorded plant species used by indigenous people for purposes like food, fibre and medicine.​

Video transcript - plants of the wetland (word, 30kb)

 

'Who’s still hiding?' storybook

This delightful picture storybook for beginning readers helps younger students discover the animals that call our rivers and creeks home.

Themes:

  • stormwater
  • urban water cycle
  • biodiversity
  • rivers and creeks

Order a free pack

'Who’s still hiding?' readers are available for your school library by contacting our Education team on 131 722 or education@melbournewater.com.au.

Each pack contains one big book and eight accompanying readers.

Pre- and post- activities

These lesson focuses on developing an understanding of healthy waterways and the animals that are indigenous to waterways in the greater Melbourne region. There is a strong focus on what makes each animal unique and what features other animals share.

Know your river booklets

Our informative booklets cover the history, geography and wildlife of the Yarra, Maribyrnong, Werribee and Bass rivers and Dandenong Creek.

They're a great resource to broaden your knowledge of your local waterway, as well as the impacts of stormwater pollution and the role you can play in protecting rivers and creeks. This information is also summarised in a factsheet on each waterway.

Booklets

Factsheets

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