EarthConnect Services

EarthConnect comes to you with everything needed to support children’s connection to the natural world through fun and interactive education for sustainability experiences. Suitable for ALL Greater Sydney Early Childhood services, playgroups, home school groups and schools from early stage 1 to stage 3.

Early Childhood and Primary School Services

Bush Tucker Experience

Children will:

  • Learn more about the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the Country your school or service stands on.
  • Build confidence and expertise in horticulture and garden care.
  • Plant an easy-care bush tucker plant in a biodegradable or upcycled container to treasure at home or keep and nurture at the service/school.
  • Learn how to care for their own plant and how to use it for food or other benefits.
  • If possible, children will try some bush tucker too.

Details:

  • This experience will empower children to become experts in local flora and build wellbeing and confidence.
  • Children will be encouraged to connect to Country and begin to be active participants in caring for Country through greater respect for the natural environment and an appreciation for bush tucker plants.
  • Children will be encouraged to share their expertise and learn from each other as well as from presenters.
  • Children will develop language and communication skills and will learn the Indigenous names of relevant plants (when possible) and botanical names.
  • Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of plant needs and will be given the skills and expertise nurture their own plant (a pdf will be supplied to support this which can be sent home to families and referred to by teachers and educators).
  • You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

Bush Tucker Experience

Harvesting Midgim berries with pre-schoolers

Sensory Garden

Sensory gardens are now recognised as an important way to support children’s development and connection to the natural world, they can be small or large, native or edible or both!

For services and schools who are ready* to plant a sensory garden. Can be modified for Bird attracting/butterfly and insect gardens and native gardens.

Children will:

  • Learn more about the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the Country your school or service stands on.
  • Take ownership of a garden or gardens, and become experts in the care of a particular garden type.
  • Primary school children will conduct soil testing and analysis prior to planting.
  • Each child or group of children will plant a suitable seedling into the school or service’s ready prepared* garden or containers, gaining hands on practical knowledge in horticulture and botany .
  • Learn how to care for the garden and how to use plants for food or other benefits.

Details:

  • Services will benefit from our Horticultural and educational expertise and can request plant types according to program or children’s interests.
  • Recipes or other useful extension information specific to your garden will be provided in pdf form.
  • This experience will put you and your service on the path to sensory garden success.
  • You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

*All bookings for Sensory Garden require a discussion about the garden or containers, as this experience will provide your service or school with plants and expertise, not any of the landscaping materials or conditions that forms a successful garden or any guarantee of success. As we all want the children to experience horticultural success we need to ensure all elements are optimal. An onsite consultation can be booked with our Horticulturalist prior to implementing this experience for greatest success.

Sensory Garden​

Checking soil with primary students

*All bookings for Sensory Garden require a discussion about the garden or containers, as this experience will provide your service or school with plants and expertise, not any of the landscaping materials or conditions that forms a successful garden or any guarantee of success. As we all want the children to experience horticultural success we need to ensure all elements are optimal. An onsite consultation can be booked with our Horticulturalist prior to implementing this experience for greatest success.

Propagation- Seeds

Develop life skills and learn to grow seeds for food and fun, and become experts in seed raising.

IDEAL for schools or services looking to collect seeds from their site or the local area and grow native plants to send home to families or to the community.

Children will:

  • Be introduced to agriculture and how to grow plants for food from seeds
  • Learn about some of the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the country of your service.
  • Build confidence and expertise in horticulture and garden care.
  • Plant seasonal and easy care seed in a biodegradable or up-cycled container to nurture at the service/school.
  • Learn how to care for their own plant and how to use it for food or other benefits.

Details:

  • This experience will empower children to be experts in propagation! Children can take this knowledge home and grow seeds with confidence.
  • Explore seeds in daily life, from food products and cooking with seeds to growing food and ornamental plants. Learn about the seeds that grow (or might grow) on the grounds of the school/service gardens and what role they have in the ecosystem.
  • Children connect to the country and begin to be active participants in caring for country through greater respect for the natural environment and an appreciation for native plants.
  • Children will be encouraged to share their expertise and learn from each other as well as from presenters.
  • Children will develop language and communication skills and will learn the Indigenous names of plants in their garden (when possible) and the botanical names too.
  • Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of plant needs and will be given the skills and expertise nurture their own plant (a pdf will be supplied to support this which can be sent home to families and referred to by teachers and educators)
  • You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

NOTE: this experience used seeds from organic growers, avoiding the harmful coatings of fungicides and insecticides found on commercial non-organic seeds suppliers.

Propagation- Seeds

NOTE: this experience used seeds from organic growers, avoiding the harmful coatings of fungicides and insecticides found on commercial non-organic seeds suppliers.

Propagation- Succulents

Succulents are so much fun! Children of all ages love these funky plants, many of which are super easy to grow and propagate

Children will:

  • Discover propagation by cuttings, learn the parts of plants and become experts in propagation.
  • Learn about some of the health benefits of certain types of succulents.
  • Identify good growing locations for common succulent varieties.
  • Learn about some of the native plants that sustained First Nations people on the country of your service.
  • Build confidence and expertise in horticulture and garden care.
  • Choose a succulent and plant in a biodegradable or upcycled container to take home or keep and nurture at the service/school.
  • Learn how to care for their own plant and how to use it for food or other benefits.

Details:

  • This experience will empower children to be experts in propagation!
  • Explore seeds in daily life, from growing food, harvesting and processing food and ornamental plants. Learn about the seeds that grow (or might grow) in the school/service gardens and what role they have in the ecosystem.
  • The principals of propagating succulents are transferrable to many other plant types, and succulent success inspires further gardening enthusiasm!
  • Children connect to the country and begin to be active participants in caring for country through greater respect for the natural environment and an appreciation for native plants.
  • Children will be encouraged to share their expertise and learn from each other as well as from Karen and staff.
  • Children will develop language and communication skills and will learn the Indigenous names of plants in their garden (when possible) and the botanical names too.
  • Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of plant needs and will be given the skills and expertise nurture their own plant (a pdf will be supplied to support this which can be sent home to families and referred to by teachers and educators)
  • You will receive information linking this experience to the Early Years Learning Framework or NESA outcomes.

Book Now! email care@earthconnecteducation.com

Propagation- Succulents

Consultations

Supporting busy educators achieve their sustainability goals

Horticultural discussions are what we live for, so please get in touch if you would like to get some advice on your garden.

We have extensive experience gardening with children and love to design gardens with children, involving them in decisions that affect their world.

QIP (Quality Improvement Plan for early childhood services) area 3 discussions can build on ideas and help achieve goals. (note, we do not currently provide area 3 audits)

We are building more experiences all the time, get in touch if you would like to have a Worm Farm revival experience, bake some bread, or do some felting.

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COSTS

Booking will be charged per number of children, plus materials for 1 educator or teacher to participate and learn free of charge.

For Schools: stages 1 to 3

Experiences run for 1 hour

$10 plus GST per child (minimum 15, maximum 30 per session) and will include a take home or nurture at service or school component.

Up to 3 experiences can be booked per day, and subsequent same day bookings are charged at $9.50 plus GST per child (minimum 15 per experience booking).

Early Childhood services including preschools 

Experiences run for 45 minutes

$9 plus GST per child (minimum 15, maximum 25 per session) and will include a take home or nurture at school component.

Up to 3 experiences can be booked per day, and subsequent same day bookings are charged at $8.50 plus GST per child (minimum 15 per experience booking).

Contact us if you would like to discuss a variation on a workshop, such as to design and plant your own bush tucker or bird attracting garden, or propagating a specific plant type.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Space! Either inside or outside, we need at least 1 large table to set up on and room for your students to sit and participate. We will need access to this space about half an hour before and will stay long enough to clean up our mess after 😉

Unless specified above or requested, we will bring all materials required other than a table.

We will encourage hands on participation and endeavour to make the workshop engaging and fun, however your staff will be present and responsible for all areas of children’s wellbeing and safety, including ratios. Our staff will not be included in ratios.

We offer our services in the Greater Sydney area. We will consider regional visits when possible, please get in touch if you would like to discuss this.  Email care@earthconnecteducation.com

Yes, we will happily tailor an experience to suit your needs, and are thrilled when asked to make experiences relevant to children’s learning! Pop us an email to discuss. Email care@earthconnecteducation.com

All our staff have current WWCC checks and qualifications or extensive proven experience in teaching, sustainability, art and horticulture.

Our programs and workshops are considered very safe and valuable activities however you can ask to see our risk assessment for soil handing, ingestion of materials or any other elements with small and unlikely risks.

We are a COVID Safe Business. 

Finally, results can vary and artistic explorations are allowed to be experimental! Teachers and educators are encouraged to take part and learn these processes too (provided adequate supervision is maintained) each booking allows materials for one educator free of charge.