The Murray-Darling Association has been involved in natural resource management education since the 1950’s when it published the first reference book for schools on the Murray Valley.
In 2006, the Association worked with schools in Victoria, NSW and South Australia to develop curriculum materials to encourage students to improve the health of the Murray River. While developing these materials, teachers said that they sometimes lack the confidence and knowledge to take students on excursions to rivers, wetlands, farms, forests, parks, waterways etc.
This website will support teachers and improve their confidence and skills to take students on tours and excursions. This will encourage students to understand and improve the health of our fragile water and land resources. The website’s contents can be easily updated and revised.
The Murray-Darling Association is proud of this initiative and the partners involved. It is partnerships that successfully address natural resources management issues.
Aims of the Project
- Help teachers confidently take students on excursions to engage positively with natural resource, sustainability and environmental issues.
- To motivate students to develop a strong commitment to improving the health of sustainable communities, agricultural industries and environments along rivers.
- draws on student teacher and school community expertise that resides within the Murray-Darling Basin;
- acknowledges skills, initiative, innovation and expertise that reside in rural communities;
- was developed through teacher workshops in NSW, Victorian and South Australia;
- provides hands-on activities for excursions and activities;
- includes information and advice on appropriate sites for excursions;
- is based on the significance of water, sustainable resource management, farm families and rural communities.
To develop the website, advice and information was sought from teacher, students, principals, researchers, government agencies, catchment and natural resource management organisations, participants at several workshops along the Murray River, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and landholders. This website was funded through, and nurtured by, the Association’s Foundation,
The team responsible for developing the website material was:
- Mr Owen Dunlop – Principal, Burrumbuttock Public School, NSW;
- Mr Adrian Wells- Murray-Darling Association;
- Ms Kate Rhook – Project writer and Environmental Education Coordinator, Department for Environment and Heritage, South Australia
- Miss Sara Vanzella – Project writer and primary teacher, Burrumbuttock Public School
- Mr Patten Bridge – Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Ltd, Victoria
Others who contributed to the material, reviewed chapters, and provided access to their experiences included:
- Cr Max Fehring- Landholder, Cohuna, VIC;
- Ms Pippa Cattanach – South Australian Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board, SA;
- The Sloane family – Savernake Station, NSW;
- Mr Lindsay Jarvis – Kergunyah, Victoria, VIC.
The Murray-Darling Association would like to thank all who contributed to the development of this project as well as the organisations who provided funding support.
To Lindsay who encouraged the partnership and helped us to better understand that our river is our future.
This project was generously supported with funding from the following organizations:
- Murray-Darling Basin Authority
- Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd
- NSW Murray Catchment Management Authority
- South Australia’s Murray- Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board
- NSW Environmental Trust