Programs for schools


Free Sustainability Workshops

Inner West Council offers free sustainability workshops for schools in the Inner West Council area. The first 18 schools who register are eligible for one workshop.

Workshops are delivered by environmental educator Teresa Rutherford of Compost Happens. All workshops come with notes for the teacher, and Compost Happens are only an email or phone call away to help trouble-shoot any problems that arise. There are 10 practical workshops to choose from:

1.    Composting 
2.    Worm Farming
3.    No Dig Gardening  
4.    Wicking Garden Beds
5.    Reuse, Recycle & Avoid and No Waste Lunches
6.    Far out How to Sprout it’s All about Seeds
7.    Microgreens, grow a kitchen garden, this is all about Seeds
8.    Non-Toxic Body Care 
9.    Investigating Soils     
10.    Restore your used Worm farms or Composting Bins

Book a workshop: email or phone Compost Happens on 0419 430 762.

Download full workshop program outline (PDF 206.9KB) 

Tree giveaway 

Inner West Council is offering support to local schools to participate in National Schools Tree Day, Australia's biggest tree planting and nature-care event on Friday 27 July.

Council is offering local schools up to 10 advanced local native trees for planting. Council's Urban Forest team can provide advice and guidance about site selection, preparation, planting and maintenance.

The following tree species are available to choose from: Angophora costata, Banksia serrata, Callistemon 'Kings Park Special', Eucalyptus crebra, Leptospermum petersonii, Melaleuca linariifolia and Syzygium luehmannii

The trees will be available for pick up from Council’s St Peters Depot. Contact the Urban Forest team with your planting project via email

Deadline: 29 June 2018

Stencil Your School

Inner West Council's Stencil Your Street program connects urban residents with their waterways – the Cooks River in the south and Parramatta River to the north. Everything we do in our streets has an impact on our waterways. By stencilling drains, everyone will know that whatever goes down the drain ends up in our rivers. The drains are just for rain!

For more information, email

Sustainable Schools NSW

Sustainable Schools NSW is a curriculum focused resource hub for environmental education. Sustainable schools aims to connect environmental educators with relevant resources, interactive lessons and a like-minded community to help spread the important message of sustainability to future generations. Sustainable Schools is managed by the Australian Association of Environmental Education NSW.

For more information, please visit the Sustainable Schools NSW website.

Free mulch

Free mulch is sometimes available from Marrickville Community Nursery at Addison Road Centre. Call ahead on 0412 435 948.

Other resources

These are just a few helpful websites and documents:


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Page last updated: 22 Jan 2019