Embedding sustainable practices
in your service
Assess your current ecological practices and program.
Work with your service community to develop your services sustainable practices policy.
Create an action plan containing the short term and long term goals and projects.
Set a regular review date and get started.
Connecting with the natural world
In your service
Adopt your local bushland
Create a community garden
Grow your own produce
Plant trees - National tree day
Introduce natural loose parts in your indoor and outdoor areas
Build a tree house
Excursions - Perth Metro
Nearer to Nature activities
Yanchep National Park
Naturlist Centre - Hillays
Armadale reptile centre
Visit the beach
Visit the local park
Neil hawkins park and lake Joondalup
Caversham wildlife park
South East regional centre for urban landcare - bickley
Mobile animal farm
Animal Ark Incursion - mini beasts
South East regional centre for urban landcare - incursions
Caring for our native wildlife
Promoting ecologically friendly practices
Tips to get you started
Take care to ensure plants and animals are not harmed when playing outdoors
Plant predominantly native trees and shrubs in the garden
Sweep rather than hose down paths
Water garden only in the early morning or late afternoon
Provide water containers at the sandpit rather than having a running hose.
Soak paintbrushes and other activity utensils before washing them, and discourage water wastage by not running taps for extended periods.
Avoid using drains as a means of disposing unwanted materials
Conserve energy by using natural lights as much as possible and by turning off unnecessary lights when leaving rooms
Buy products in bulk or recyclable containers and avoid products with excess packaging
Use utensils which are washable
Provide bins for recycling - indoors and outdoors and arrange for collection of waste, paper, plastics, aluminium, steel and glass
Use unbleached toilet paper
Use recycled paper for painting, drawing, collage and office notes
Avoid the use of throwaway plastic wrappings by using containers with lids.
Purchase paints in powder rather than liquid form
Use only recycled materials for art activities such as collage and threading
Provide and use environmentally sound cleaning materials
Give due consideration to the potential of any item in regard to repair, reuse or recycling before disposing
Use the garden and outdoor environment as a learning environment and a natural resource
Involve children in all activities in regard to gardening, recycling and care of the animals
Ensure that all things borrowed from the garden for play purposes are replaced in the garden after use
Little Green Steps
Earth Hour WWF
Planning for a brighter future
Heardsman Lake wildlife centre
Contact details for animal rescue agencies
F.A.W.N.A (WA) Inc. (Fostering and Assistance for Wildlife Needing Aid)
WILDCARE Helpline The Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation runs the WILDCARE Helpline.
It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, diverting to after hours numbers at nights and weekends, to provide immediate assistance.
WILDCARE (08) 9474 9055
Native Animal Rescue Native Animal Rescue support vets will treat injured native wildlife for no charge and arrange for a wildlife carer to collect the animal for rehabilitation and release.
Native ArcCaring for injured, orphaned and sick wildlife with the hopes of rehabilitating them and successfully returning them to their natural habitat.