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Biodiversity module

Biodiversity is the variety of life across the planet, right down to the life in the school grounds.

The Biodiversity module helps schools to protect and improve the land (school grounds and surrounds), the local ecosystem, and plant and animal habitats.

Biodiversity is found in genetic diversity, species diversity and ecosystem diversity. It recognises the connection of everything with each other and with the environment, to form ecosystems. Ecosystems exist everywhere on land, in rivers, along coasts and in the ocean.

The Biodiversity module involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational

    Schools assess the way they use natural resources through a biodiversity audit. From this, create a biodiversity improvement plan and manage habitats in your grounds.
  2. Learning and teaching

    Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning and taking action to conserve and increase biodiversity in schools.
  3. Whole school community engagement

    Engage the whole school to work on biodiversity by engaging teachers, students, parents and the wider community.

If signing up and committing to the ResourceSmart Schools program it is recommended to start and complete the Core module first then proceed with other modules in any order or the same time. If not signing up to the program, schools can utilise the Biodiversity resources to become more sustainable.


Module completion

The Biodiversity module has 48 actions. To complete the module, schools need to complete a minimum of 34 actions.


ResourceSmart Schools Biodiversity module resources

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ResourceSmart module action toolkit

A practical 'how to' guide for Victorian schools to understand and improve the biodiversity in school grounds and surroundings, as well as tips, links to resources and policies and interesting case studies to apply at school.

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ResourceSmart Biodiversity audit for Upper Primary

Tools for primary schools to undertake their annual biodiversity audit

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ResourceSmart Biodiversity audit for Secondary

Tools for secondary schools to undertake their annual biodiversity audit

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Curriculum links

The Curriculum links document helps Primary schools to build sustainability into their curriculum in all subject areas from foundation to grade six.

Additional Biodiversity resources

Children and Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network was created to encourage and support the people and organisations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature.

Visit the Children and Nature Network website
Cool Australia

Cool Australia creates units of work and learning activities that are year level specific, from Early Learning to Year 12.

All are linked to Australian Curriculum standards and the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes.

They offer some great biodiversity resources for teachers and students.

Cool Australia Biodiversity resources
EEEC - Environmental Education in Early Childhood (Victoria) Inc.

Environmental Education in Early Childhood (EEEC) is a non profit organisation that provides support, resources and professional development in relation to Education for Sustainability in the Early Years.

Visit the EEEC website
Greening Australia

Greening Australia offers factsheets and resources about Australia's native vegetation with access to over 300 Greening Australia publications.

Visit the Greening Australia website
HabitAT Census

The HabitAT School Census explores the school ground from the perspective of nine habitat features. With accompanying student worksheets, supporting teacher notes and other tools, the task of understanding what can be a complex web of relationships becomes a simple matter of working through a basic study of each element in turn.

Take the HabitAt Census
Museum Victoria

Museums Victoria provides a wide range of educational material and programs for teachers and students of all ages at Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks.

Students can use current environmental survey techniques and can prepare a report on their findings for the ResourceSmart Biodiversity Module, community wildlife projects and/or for a national biodiversity database using Bowerbird and other education resources developed by Museum Victoria.

Visit the Museums Victoria website
Parks Victoria - Junior Rangers and Ranger Roo

Junior Rangers

An exciting environmental program encouraging primary-aged children and their families to explore and have fun in Victoria's parks and reserves by participating in a wealth of activities during the school holidays.

Junior Rangers can find out all about what’s going on, direct from a park ranger!

Find out more about the Junior Rangers

Ranger Roo

Ranger Roo is full of great ideas to enjoy Victoria’s parks.

Play games, download fun stuff or register to receive special Ranger Roo mail and share your favourite pictures.
There’s plenty of info for parents too!

Visit the Ranger Roo website
Planet Ark - National Tree Day

Planet Ark has developed a number of resources to support teachers and their environmental education programs.

Visit the Planet Ark website

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

ResourceSmart Schools Education Team

Sustainability Victoria

1300 363 744

schools@sustainability.vic.gov.au