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Background

The Seeds from School project arises from the Seeds from the Streets project that was developed by Victoria University. This project was founded on the identified need for an abundant source of seed that could be used for native grassland restoration projects in the west of Melbourne, without overharvesting from naturally occurring plant populations.

The Seeds from School program aims to introduce school students to the unique nature of a grassland environment and for students to actively participate in a hands-on project. The Seeds from Schools program provides a circular learning approach that can cycle each year:

Students will participate in three sessions with an Ecolinc environmental educator. They will learn about the importance of the grassland environment and its biota; grow a crop of the threatened grassland plants in a garden bed in the school grounds (prepared by the school); maintain and eventually harvest the seed from this crop; attend at least one field excursion to visit a grassland restoration site (eg. Victoria University Grassland, St Albans) and participate in habitat restoration activities, which may include sowing of the seed that they have harvested.

Schools must be prepared to do the following:

  • Prior to session 2, allocate and prepare a suitable site at your school to plant the grassland plants.
  • Participate in three sessions:
    • Session 1: At Ecolinc – Introduction to grasslands (either term 1 or 2)
    • Session 2: At School – Set up and plant garden beds (either term 2 or 3)
    • Grassland Visit & Seed harvesting at school (term 4).

Maximum number of students for this program is 50.


Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Define the term ‘grassland’ and earn about the unique nature of native grasslands
  • Participate in a grassland amazing race
  • Explore the modes of plant survival
  • Revegetate using grassland plants propagated from seeds at Ecolinc
  • Learn how to prepare a garden bed, plant, grow and harvest seeds.

Activities

Students will:

  • Day 1: At Ecolinc – Introduction to grasslands workshop and activities
  • Day 2: At School – Setting up garden beds and planting grasses
  • Day 3: Grassland visit and harvesting of seeds at school.

Victorian Curriculum

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075).