Educational resources

Water education programs

Rous County Council is now partnering with Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre through a joint regional education initiative to deliver water education programs throughout the Northern Rivers.

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre is a NSW Department of Education and Communities facility located just 20 minutes north east of Lismore. Experienced teachers can provide a range of water education programs for primary and secondary students, within schools, at Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre and at Rocky Creek Dam.

The aim of the programs is to support regional schools with relevant, local water education activities that meet Australian curriculum outcomes. The activities are designed to inspire students and empower them to act.

To find out more about the water education programs available through this joint regional education initiative, visit the:

Primary School Water Education Program website or download the K-6 water brochure

Secondary School Water Education Program website or download the secondary school water brochure.


Helpful school resources

Why save water? Learn why saving water is so important in the Northern Rivers.

  • Why Save Water in the Northern Rivers:  Download and print this colourful, local illustration, A4 size, full colour.
  • Why Save Water in the Northern Rivers:  Download and print this colouring-in version of the illustration. Draw your house on the local map of the region. A4 size.
  • Water testing kit for testing salinity, temperature, pH, turbidity and streamwatch:  Book directly through Rous County Council on (02) 6623 3800.
  • Interactive Water Catchment Trailer:  Approach your local council to book this popular resource. Click on image to enlarge.

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

Melbourne Water - Natural Water Cycle.

The ABC - Resources on water.

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


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.

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