National Water Week – Online Learning Festival

Welcome to the Online Learning Festival!

This year we are partnering with water corporations across the state to bring you the inaugural National Water Week Online Learning Festival. Join students and communities across Victoria to learn about water.

This collaborative online learning festival will bring together a fantastic collection of online events, printable resources and on demand videos to make National Water Week 2020 a week of fun and learning.

All activities are FREE of charge. Below are links to some of the activities in the program provided by Victorian water educators.

Program of events

The full program of events from water corporations across Victoria is now available.

Please register HERE to let us know who is participating.

Featured Events

Monday 19 October

Tuesday 20 October

  • Celebrate with Nova Peris OAM, Melbourne Water’s Principal Advisor Aboriginal Engagement. Listen to Nova’s reflections, with an Aboriginal perspective, on the National Water Week theme ‘reimagining our water future’. 10:00 – 11 am Registration required.    (Suitable for Primary & Secondary)
  • Melbourne’s Sewerage System – This session will explore how Melbourne Water is managing the effects of climate change and population growth across the Melbourne sewerage system, and how it will influence the future. Join us to discuss climate issues with a wastewater expert while exploring the Western Treatment Plant virtually! 11.30am – 12.30pm AEDT. Registration required.    (Suitable for Secondary and Community)

Wednesday 21 October

  • Curious Creatures, Wild Minds Book Week interview with local award winning author and illustrator Meg Humphrys.  Meg, who also works at Westernport Water, will be talking about her book When Water Lost Her Way, which features the water cycle and a very curious creature – a cave salamander!  We are particularly interested to find out how Meg combined her interests in art and science to create a fictional story about a scientific process.    (Suitable for Upper Primary)
  • Enhancing our Dandenong Creek – Join us in this live webinar to find out how an area of Dandenong Creek was reimagined with community and stakeholders, while taking an innovative approach to sewerage management. 4 – 5pm AEDT. Registration required.     (Suitable for Secondary and Community)

Thursday 22 October

  • Western Treatment Plant Augmented Reality App – Step off into the wonderful world of the Western Treatment Plant with this clever augmented reality experience. Bring your device and learn how to download the app. You will get a glimpse of the sewage treatment process at this world leading, environmentally friendly, treatment plant which treats 50% of Melbourne’s sewage. 10.30 – 11.00am AEDT. Registration required.     (Suitable for Secondary and Community)
  • Creating a frog-friendly habitat – Learn how to create a frog pond and frog friendly garden with James Frazer of Melbourne Water Frog Census. This session will teach you all the basics of planning and building a pond, as well as introducing the breeding strategies of some common Victorian frog species. 4 – 5pm AEDT. Registration required.    (Suitable for Primary & Secondary)

Other activities to enjoy

  • Online demonstrations including experiments, educational concepts, mind and body relaxation using yoga, meditation, meet some of our staff, tours of water treatment plants…just to name a few.    (Suitable for Kindergarten – Adults!)
  • Storytime videos
  • Science experiments and STEM
  • Mindfulness
  • Urban water cycle
  •  Waterways
  • Water efficiency and innovation

How to get involved

All activities are free of charge and the links will be available after the festival. Some sessions are live broadcasts (bookings essential).

Register your interest for each day’s activities so links, instructions and resources can be emailed directly to you.

Westernport Water schools and kindergartens, please register your interest by emailing communications@westernportwater.com.au.  You will be emailed a program of events in early October 2020.

We will also be providing all local primary schools with a surprise before National Water Week, so keep an eye on your mailbox!