NRM Education

NRM Education can support your school’s sustainability journey.

The City of Onkaparinga hosts the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges NRM Board, southern education team. The team works with about 50 schools and early learning centres (ELCs) within the Onkaparinga region, as well as schools and ELCs in five other council areas.

The NRM Education team works with school/pre-school communities to include sustainability into their learning and management practices. Students, staff and parents are provided with resources and support to take informed action in relation to sustainability. This helps them to develop the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours for leading sustainable lifestyles linked to learning in the Australian Curriculum.

Activities include developing environmental policies, sustainability visioning and hands-on learning such as building frog ponds, vegetable beds and butterfly gardens, managing food waste with worm farms and compost bins, investigating water and energy savings, or investigating wildlife in the school/preschool yard and beyond.

Recent activities

Creek Discovery Program for local schools

NRM Education are collaborating with Council’s Nature Conservation team and local schools on a Creek Discovery Program as part of theUrban Creek Recovery Project. This important program is helping students to create dialogue with their parents and the wider school community on the importance of biodiversity associated with creek systems. Through monitoring activities schools are collecting a range of data that the Nature Conservation Team can use to help improve catchment health. 

Check out how Thiele Primary School is involved.

Created by the City of Onkaparinga, NRM Education and Department of Education and Child Development.


STEM in Onkaparinga

NRM Education and the Council’s Nature Conservation team are working with Aberfoyle Hub R-7 School on a Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) project where they are solving real world issues related to their creek in league with an industry partner (Council). Watch the video to find out more.

Created by the Department for Education and Child Development.


Our Big Backyard (OBBY) O'Sullivan / Christies Beach

NRM Education has been working on the Our Big Backyard project (OBBY) which aims to connect families with their local area and in turn connect them more strongly to each other and their community.  This program is currently occurring in the O’Sullivan’s and Christies Beach region and is carrying on the success of OBBY Aldinga/Sellicks.


Keep informed – Weekly Digest

NRM Education produces the NRM Education Weekly Digest which contains sustainability articles, grant information, professional development session information and other highlights about regional events and opportunities. 

Subscribe online.

Sustainable Onkaparinga – School holiday opportunities

The NRM Education team runs nature focussed sessions during school holidays as part of the Sustainable Onkaparinga program.  These include pond dipping, beachcombing, ‘Nature by Night’ and butterfly garden sessions. Upcoming session details can be found here.

Contact us

There are many opportunities for local schools to get involved with the NRM Education program in the City of Onkaparinga. For more information about the program and our resources check out the NRM Education website.

For more information about how NRM Education can work with your school or early learning centre contact Rob Wallace, Southern Team Coordinator at


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