schools for wildlife

The Schools for Wildlife Program is designed to help students design and create a fully planted, wildlife-friendly garden at your school.

A boy is installing a box up in a tree to create habitat for local wildlife and fauna



Years 3-10, Staff
(Group of 30 students)


Funded program for eligible schools. If your school is located in the Banyule Council area you are eligible to participate in this program for FREE. If you are from a school outside of this area, please contact us.


– Site assessment
– 1 x Teacher PD (online)
– 1 x Student Incursion (online)
– 2 x Student Incursions (in-person)


At your school, and via an online platform.

A CERES educator guides up to 30 students to learn about Australian biodiversity, and to plan and grow a wildlife-friendly garden at school.

For State schools in or near metropolitan Melbourne, CERES can deliver the program to student cohorts who are disengaged, or at risk of being disengaged, disadvantaged, culturally or linguistically diverse, disabled, Koorie or from low SES backgrounds.

For any school in the Banyule Council region, contact us to find out how to apply for a council-sponsored wildlife garden at your school.

The Schools for Wildlife Program engages students and staff in learning about the importance of biodiversity and creating a wildlife-friendly garden on school grounds. 

The program has five elements:

  • Activity 1: Site assessment by CERES educator
  • Activity 2: 1 hour online overview for participating teacher/s
  • Activity 3: Online student engagement incursion
  • Activity 4: In-person design and planning incursion
  • Activity 5: Plant your wildlife friendly garden

The program combines online sessions and direct, hands-on experiences to foster a comprehensive understanding of environmental stewardship and Australian biodiversity. This initiative creates a living classroom, offering diverse learning opportunities in sustainability and ecology, tailored to different learning ages and styles.

schools for wildlife program incursions

A CERES educator will work with your school to participate in this exciting new program, engaging your students in the outdoors and positively influence their behaviours towards the natural environment.

Students scooping up samples from a wetland with large nets on an excursion

learning about biodiversity

Secondary Students on an excursion at CERES learning about sustainable farming

wildlife gardens & habitats

gardening tools &planting seedling


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