Bushland and biodiversity programs

Hornsby Shire Council offers a range of programs to help your students appreciate the importance of our natural environment.

Bushland and biodiversity

For further information about these programs contact Council's Bushland and Biodiversity team on (02) 9847 6832 or email bushland@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.


What is biodiversity?

This short presentation explores biodiversity and the food web. It can be part of an Environment Day or as a one off session.

Maximum of 30 students. Suitable for primary schools.


Bushwalk or guided site tour

Student walks and tours can be tailored to curriculum needs.

Maximum 30 students and two teachers. Requires one month notice, based on staff availability.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.



Satellite seeds and seedling program

Grow seedlings for your school and the ecogarden. Learn about seeds and how they grow. Have fun making origami pots to grow your seeds in. Observe the seeds develop and record their growth. For further information please phone 9847 4856 or email waste@hornsby.nsw.gov.au.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


Vegetation or tree audit

Council staff can survey vegetation on school grounds if required for a Development Application or Tree Preservation Order.

Requires one month notice, based on staff availability.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


National Tree Day - July

Schools across the shire are offered up to 20 native plants each to plant on this day.

If limited plant stock, restrictions will apply.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


What is bush regeneration and bushcare?

This tailored presentation and/or field tour introduces secondary and TAFE students to bushland and bushcare programs.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


Biodiversity audit

Food web talk and audit of plants and animals. School must incorporate the findings into their Schools Environmental Management Plan.

Requires one month notice, based on staff availability. Maximum of 30 students.

Suitable for primary schools.


Planting days

Council will assist with supervised planting on school grounds or council land.

Requires one month notice, based on staff availability.

Suitable for primary schools.


Bushcare Program

Council provides guidance to teachers and parents wishing to commit to long-term restoration of existing bush on school grounds. Includes initial site assessment and help with bush management plans. Initial training for staff and parents and some tools on loan.

Requires one month notice, based on staff availability. Maximum of 30 students.

Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


School project information

This collection of information for school assignments includes native species lists, vegetation studies information and reserve specific information. It can be supplied by email or post and can also be found on our website.

Suitable for secondary schools.

Last updated: 24 Jun 2015