Under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, one of the BCT’s four tasks is to promote ‘public knowledge, appreciation and understanding of biodiversity and the importance of conserving biodiversity.’

BCT Education Program Objectives

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Influence more landholders

in priority investment areas to participate in private land conservation and sustainable land management.

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Raise public awareness

about the importance of biodiversity and biodiversity conservation on private land.

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Assist our agreement holders

in effective conservation and sustainable land management.

The BCT is focusing its education efforts on private land conservation. We are taking an approach of designing and delivering educational projects in partnership with expert organisations, including Landcare NSW, the Australian Museum and Petaurus Education Group.

The BCT’s education projects to date have reached over 1780 students and provided professional development to 172 teachers across the state. See all Biodiversity Conservation Education Program outcomes below.

Education Program Outcomes Dashboard
Biodiversity Conservation Education Program Outcomes

Schools

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Conservation Champions
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Alice with MIAB

 

Conservation Champions is a free education project run by the Biodiversity Conservation Trust with the help of Petaurus Education Group.

The project includes curriculum-linked class lessons, excursions, resources and professional development opportunities for NSW schools, providing regional students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of biodiversity conservation across a range of different landscapes. 

Elements of the project aim to connect motivated students to a champion landholder who is promoting biodiversity conservation, as well as scientific experts in biodiversity and sustainable agricultural practices.

A series of ‘Biodiversity on my land’ boxes developed with the Australian Museum are used throughout the Conservation Champions program, and contain additional engaging activities and resources including games, puppets, bush treasure hunts and picture books. 

An online interactive unit targeted at year 11 agriculture students is also used as part of classroom activities, adding flexibility to the project. This interactive unit includes a cause and effect module, highlighting the ecosystem services conservation areas can provide to an agricultural landscape. 

Conservation Champions is aligned with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum requirements and involves a range of free primary and secondary resources (available for download below). The resources and lessons are linked with the curriculum for stages 1-6 and excursions linked for stages 5-6. 

The entire project is free for schools, including assistance with travel arrangements. All presenters have their WWCC & First Aid. 

If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved in Conservation Champions, please get in touch by filling out this short online form. 

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what is biodiversity
Learning Activity 1.33 MB
What is biodiversity?

An overview of the key elements that make up the word biodiversity

Download (PDF, 1.33 MB)
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Ecosystem Services
Learning Activity 1.2 MB
Ecosystem services

An overview of the categories of ecosystem services that support primary industries and landholders

Download (PDF, 1.2 MB)

 

Enjoy the games below by printing and cutting out!

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Celebrity heads
Learning Activity 4.5 MB
Celebrity heads

A native animal version of classic game - celebrity heads!

Download (PDF, 4.5 MB)
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Corridor game
Learning Activity 1.48 MB
Tree corridor game with pieces

A biodiversity conservation edition of traditional 'snakes and ladders'

Download (PDF, 1.48 MB)

A biodiversity conservation edition of Monopoly! See game and pieces plus card decks below. 

Download game instructions here.

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Conservationopoly
Learning Activity 2.09 MB
Conservationopoly board, dice and pieces

An in-depth game with a focus on biodiversity conservation in an agricultural setting

Download (PDF, 2.09 MB)
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Conservationopoly card decks
Learning Activity 2.27 MB
Conservationopoly card decks

Card decks to print and cut out as part of Conservationopoly game

Download (PDF, 2.27 MB)

 

Enjoy the activities below by printing and cutting out!

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Woodlands
Learning Activity 1016.1 KB
Woodland ecosystem activity

Match native species with their habitat in a woodland ecosystem

Download (PDF, 1016.1 KB)
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Koala crown
Learning Activity 350.08 KB
Koala crown

Cut out, staple and wear!

Download (PDF, 350.08 KB)
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Parrot crown
Learning Activity 164.55 KB
Parrot crown

Cut out, staple and wear!

Download (PDF, 164.55 KB)
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BCT Colouring pack
Learning Activity 2.54 MB
Colouring in biodiversity

A fun colouring activity

Download (PDF, 2.54 MB)
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BCT Activity Page
Learning Activity 828.44 KB
Biodiversity find-a-word and maze

A fun and simple learning activity

Download (PDF, 828.44 KB)
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book
Publication 2.86 MB
I am similar, we are different - children's book

A story about the special features of threatened native species

Download (PDF, 2.86 MB)
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MIAB
Publication 9.97 MB
Biodiversity on my land box supporting resources

Resources to support the activities included in the Biodiversity on my land - museum in a box

Download (PDF, 9.97 MB)
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Quick
Publication 1.24 MB
Quick activities instructions

A selection of quick activities to support the Biodiversity on my land - museum in a box

Download (PDF, 1.24 MB)

A biodiversity conservation edition of Monopoly! See game and pieces plus card decks below. 

Download game instructions here.

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Conservationopoly
Learning Activity 2.09 MB
Conservationopoly board, dice and pieces

An in-depth game with a focus on biodiversity conservation in an agricultural setting

Download (PDF, 2.09 MB)
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Conservationopoly card decks
Learning Activity 2.27 MB
Conservationopoly card decks

Card decks to print and cut out as part of Conservationopoly game

Download (PDF, 2.27 MB)
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The importance of healthy soil

Learn about what makes up our soil and why biodiversity is important for soil health - and the overall health of an ecosystem!

Watch or download the video here 

Landholders

The BCT’s conservation management video series is for landholders participating in private land conservation or considering doing so. They provide best practice management advice to landholders and complement the BCT’s conservation management guidelines available here. 

Managing for Conservation
Restoring Native Vegetation

The BCT's Nigel and Dani talk through the different factors to consider before undertaking a native vegetation restoration project on your property.

Watch the video here 
Managing for Conservation
Recovering from a Fire Event

BCT Ecologist Joel Stibbard talks through the steps for recovering after a bushfire event, how to prepare for future fires, and what you can do to help restore the biodiversity on your property.

Watch the video here 
Managing for Conservation
Grazing as a Conservation Tool

The BCT's Alice McGrath talks through the key things to consider when using grazing as a tool for conservation.

Watch the video here 
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Grazing management tools
Publication 1.77 MB
Grazing management tools

A deck of grazing management 'cards' to assist with measuring healthy condition vegetation and ground cover, identify who's grazing in your paddock, and set up photo monitoring points. Print, cut out and attach together as a handy guide.

Download (PDF, 1.77 MB)
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Sward
Publication 127.96 KB
Sward height ruler - all BCT regions

Print and cut out this ruler (double-sided) to assist in measuring average sward height of native grasses in your conservation area.

Download (PDF, 127.96 KB)
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Sward
Publication 139.76 KB
Sward height ruler - Central West region

Print and cut out this ruler (double-sided) to assist in measuring average sward height of native grasses specific to the Central West NSW in your conservation area.

Download (PDF, 139.76 KB)

The BCT’s BioBites video series featuring BCT staff was created in 2020. These short videos for kids and big kids at heart who love learning about biodiversity without having to travel.

BCT BioBites Episode 1
How to Identify Eucalyptus Trees

Nigel shares his tips on how to identify different types of eucalypts just by observing their bark.

Watch the episode here 
BCT BioBites Episode 2
How to Make a Native Bee Hotel

Join BCT ecologist and novice handyman Joel to learn how to make a bee hotel and support our local bee populations.

Watch the episode here 
BCT BioBites Episode 3
The Wonders of Wattles

In this episode of BioBites, Cassie and her son Toby take you on a tour of a wattle wonderland.

Watch the episode here 
BCT BioBites Episode 4
Looking for Biodiversity

Alice takes us for a walk on the farm and shows us how to identify biodiversity - a great exercise for kids and budding ecologists.

Watch the episode here 
BCT BioBites Episode 5
Backyard Birdbaths

BCT Ecologist and resident bird nerd Tiff shows us some tips and tricks on how to build a birdbath.

Watch the episode here 
BCT BioBites Episode 6
Setting Camera Traps

In this episode Toby shows us how to set up a camera trap to help identify the animals living on your property.

Watch the episode here 

Partnerships

In May 2020 the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, the Hon Matt Kean, announced a new partnership between the BCT and Landcare NSW. The BCT is providing up to $1.34 million over two years to fund a series of local projects and activities to support conservation on private land. These projects will be delivered in the second half of 2021, with a focus on landholder capacity building and biodiversity education in regional communities.

Past projects

What can you find in a woodland?

Join Alice on a tour of a NSW woodland! Alice will show you the kinds of animals you can find and chat about why woodlands are so important.

Biodiversity Conservation - Deniliquin High School

Celebrating our Conservation Champions in Deni and learning about biodiversity conservation with Deniliquin High School.

Biodiversity Education - Boorowa Primary School

Celebrating our Conservation Champions and learning about biodiversity conservation in Boorowa with local primary school students.

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Biodiversity Conservation at Boorowa
Publication 23.95 MB
Biodiversity Conservation at Boorowa

A book by students Isabella Piper, Ella Mcintosh, Emma Craig and Carrie Smith.

Download (PDF, 23.95 MB)
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Biodiversity Conservation at Mater Dei
Publication 18.78 MB
Biodiversity Conservation at Mater Dei

A book by students Holly Reinke, Jack Dunlop, Larissa MacDonald and Luke Krvavac from Macarthur Anglican School, Cobbitty.

Download (PDF, 18.78 MB)
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Biodiversity Conservation at Moona
Publication 17.23 MB
Biodiversity Conservation at Moona

A book by students Emma McCallum, Patrick Taggert, Hayden Kelvey, Austin Schofield, Bella White, Carly Fisher & Sophie Stringer.

Download (PDF, 17.23 MB)
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Biodiversity Conservation at The Yanko
Publication 9.69 MB
Biodiversity Conservation at The Yanko

A book by Year 5/6 students of St. Joseph’s Primary School, Jerilderie

Download (PDF, 9.69 MB)
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Biodiversity Conservation at Fowler’s Gap
Publication 17.31 MB
Biodiversity Conservation at Fowler’s Gap

A book by Year 5/6 students from School of the Air, Broken Hill and Hay.

Download (PDF, 17.31 MB)
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