Educational resources

Rous County Council has determined that the future school and community education programs be delivered with less focus on face to face school-based education activities.  Rous County Council will continue to provide resources on the website and partner with education institutions and other organisation to deliver key water sustainability messages.

Below is a range of learning and teaching resources, available for download. These have been group in several sections to match learners age and abilities. As well, at the bottom of this page, find links to useful water education web tools.

Early Childhood Centres: learning resources

Cool Cubbies: Retrofit your cubby into a Cool Cubby. Use the poster and learning materials to include sustainability education in your Centre's yard i.e. save water and energy, manage waste, and enhance biodiversity.

Our local frogs: Learn about our local frogs with help from Richmond Landcare.

Water Watchers: Group time fun to help the children consider where their water comes from and what they can do to save water!

Other useful documents: Early Childhood Sustainability Research and rainwater tank maintenance guide.


Primary Schools: learning resources

M.A.D Water Team: Create a team and use these resources to Make A Difference (M.A.D) for wise water use at school!
Posters: Promote water saving actions with our range of posters!
Songs: Sing-a-long to water saving songs.
Water quality monitoring resources:  Healthy land = healthy water. We all live in a drinking water catchment but how healthy is our catchment?
Activity worksheets: Useful for units of work about water conservation.


Secondary Schools: learning resources

Rocky Creek Dam: Learn more about the local water catchment, supply and treatment of our main water source.
Richmond Water Laboratories: notes and worksheets for Year 12 Chemistry.
Information flyers: Water Walk information flyers provide an excellent resource for Geography and Science about our local water supply: custodians, catchments, treatment and conservation. Please refer to the box below.


The Water Walk: information sheets

In 2004 Water Walks were built at Rocky Creek and Emigrant Creek Dams - the main water sources of Rous County Council. They are short walking tracks dotted with a series of signs that tell a story about the water cycle and our place in it. It is an ongoing partnership between Widjabul Elders and Rous County Council. Information flyers were also developed for both of the Water Walks, please download from below. If you would like multiply copies for your class or group please contact Rous County Council reception 6623 3800 for them to be sent to you.  

Rocky Creek Dam: the beginning

The Water Cycle Catchment Management Using Water Wisely What You Can Do
Emigrant Creek Dam: the Beginning The Water Cycle Using Water Wisely Healthy Creeks Technology Catchment Management What You Can Do

External resources: Useful websites and web tools for Teachers and Students

WWF - What is a water footprint?

The H2O cinema - short videos from the Hands on H2O Water Lab: the natural water cycle; the urban water cycle (cloud to tap and back); a closer look at water molecules; 4 easy steps to save water; our water comes from Rocky Creek Dam and a simple water cycle explanation and experiment.

Blue planet - Water and environmental resources for high schools.

Cool Schools - Bring sustainability to life through free teacher resources for students.

The Water Education Toolkit - Access national, state, territory, regional and urban water resources.

Melbourne Water -
Teacher resources - Natural Water Cycle.

Sydney Water -
For Secondary Teachers - For Primary Teachers

Make your Water Mark: Gold Coast Water lesson plans.
Senior Kit and Primary Kit.

Sustainable schools NSW - Assisting schools to take action for sustainability.

The ABC - Resources on water.

Water education Sites2See - water management and consumptions from the Centre of Learning Innovation.

Richmond Brunswick Catchment Model - 3D model available for schools and groups in the Richmond and Brunswick Catchments. Find local resources and booking information.

Interactive web tools


Water Island – Explore water with SEQ Water.

Water Footprint Calculator - Increase the water footprint awareness for communities, government bodies and businesses.

Ollie’s World – an interactive sustainability resource

The water cycle - Earth guide diagram.

Project WET - Discover Water: The role of water in our lives  - Spin the wheel for fun games involving students in investigating wise water use, the water cycle, healthy water, how we use water and much more.

Oz Coasts – Build your own estuary with this catchment management tool.

The water saving game- Conserve water in this online game.

Catchment Detox from ABC Science - Successfully manage a river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy in this online game.

Managing stormwater in our urban environment - Sustainable drainage systems easily understood with this short video.