You can organise an excursion for your class to learn more about Melbourne’s water supply and sewage treatment processes.
The following tours are suitable for primary and secondary aged children, please see the details of the excursions and tours available below.
Excursions with Eco-Adventure Tours
Winneke Water Treatment Plant Tour
Learn how Melbourne's water supply is managed. Tours through the treatment plant are available for Yr 3 level and above. This Melbourne Water venue is in Sugarloaf Reservoir Park, Christmas Hills, and offers opportunities for primary and secondary students to:
- learn how muddy Yarra River water is turned into drinkable, clear water for Melbourne’s thirsty suburbs
- learn about treatment processes such as filtration, sedimentation, coagulation, disinfection
- investigate a nature trail area to support ecology, environmental and nature study programs.
Upper Yarra Sewerage Treatment Plant Tour
Find out what happens when you flush. A tour through the plant with Eco-Adventure Tours shows students how their waste is treated, cleaned and then used to create wetlands for a variety of wildlife in the area. Can be tailored to Year 3 level and above.
Reservoir Park Catchment Discovery Tour
Visit sites around the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges to study water catchment and forest management. Popular venues include Badger Weir (Yarra Ranges National Park), Sugarloaf, Maroondah, Healesville, Silvan, Yan Yean and Cardinia Reservoir Parks, and Toolangi State Forest. Prices vary depending upon venue and duration. Please contact Eco Adventure Tours to discuss your needs.
Water Quality and Water Bug Tours
Water Quality and Water Bug sessions are available at Cardinia and Maroondah Reservoir Parks. Students will help to test basic water parameters such as temperature, turbidity, pH and nutrient levels, using Waterwatch guidelines. They will also be able to collect and identify water bugs in the water to help determine the health of the waterway.
Woori Yallock Farm School
Sustainability, Aboriginal land use, biodiversity and water bug activities are also offered as full day excursions at Woori Yallock Farm School, these can also be booked through Eco Adventure Tours.
To book a tour or for more information visit www.ecoadventuretours.weebly.com or contact Karen Garth at Eco-Adventure Tours on (03) 5962 5115.
Excursions with Warburton Habitat Tree
Water Inside Out!
Water is essential for all life forms; it changes its state as it circulates between the land, the oceans and the atmosphere. Discover the connections between forests and water and the physical movement of water through and between ecosystems. 80% of Melbourne's drinking water comes from the Yarra Ranges. It is one of the cleanest waters in the world!
The Wonderful World of Water Bugs
Explore the bizarre and wonderful world of freshwater aquatic invertebrates. Consider how waterbugs are classified, how they survive and reproduce. Participate in aquatic invertebrate identification, data collection and explore an aquatic ecosystem observing habitats and life under, on and around our waterways.
Mountains of Water
Our mountain landscapes impact where we live, how we live and life itself! Our Alpine regions play a critical role within the water cycle, the supply of our fresh drinking water and to the health of downstream environments. Follow water’s journey from the river flats of the Warburton Valley, up through Mountain Ash Forests and ancient fern gully’s to the rocky ruggedness of the summit of Mt Donna Buang at 1250m above sea level. Discover the connections each ecosystem system has with water, plants, animals and each other. All working together to support life!
Environmental Change and Management
Upper Yarra Reservoir Park - Students will observe, investigate, collect data and analyse the impacts of human induced changes on the Yarra River for the purpose of providing Melbourne with its fresh water supply. Structural changes such as the building of the dam, river redirection, the filling in of wetlands and pollution have caused challenges for downstream environments, how is the health of the Yarra today?
Visit the Indoor Forest
The Indoor Forest offers a life-like forest display with up to 50 species of native taxidermy bird, reptile and mammal species. This is a fun, informative and interactive experience with a ‘diurnal forest’ and a ‘nocturnal forest’ where students can enjoy some spotlighting. Loved by all ages this is a unique opportunity to closely observe physical characteristics of species, while discussing habitat, threats, behaviour, life cycle, conservation, history, culture and community
To book a tour or for more information visit www.habitattree.com.au or contact Kim Robinson at Warburton Habitat Tree on 0409 493 721.