Environmental educators' networks

Environmental educators' networks provide forums for educators, state and local government, community groups and other organisations, to share resources, ideas and information.

Local networks are often coordinated by local government or Environmental Education Centres. Membership is generally open with schools rotating responsibility for hosting an after school meeting once a term. Guest speakers are invited to attend to present on a particular issue or theme. Members communicate through council websites, newsletters, emails and other social networking forums.

Regional networks in Sydney
Regional networks outside Sydney
  • Central Coast -Central Coast Environmental Education Network- for schools, community and agency educators.
  • Central West Environmental Educators Network (CWEEN) - for environmental educators, sustainability officers, resource efficiency and renewable energy experts and all those interested in preserving the natural values of central western NSW for future generations. Contact Nic Hall, Red Hill Environmental Education Centre (Gulgong), or Andy McQuie, North-West Community Engagement Team Leader, Office of Environment and Heritage.
  • Coffs Harbour - the Green Schools Environmental Sustainability Program includes information about council-funded grants, a sustainable schools network and quarterly newsletter for teachers at pre-schools, child care centres, primary and high schools in the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area. Please contact Andrew Davis.
  • Illawarra - Environmental Educators' Network - connecting teachers in Wollongong, Kiama and Shellharbour.
  • Hunter - Hunter Schools Environmental Network HSEN,  also Wetlands EEC run a teachers day at the beginning of each year, or contact Amanda Gregory. for more Hunter information.
  • Lake Macquarie - contact Pamela Baker at Lake Macquaire Council
  • Lower North Coast - Manning Environmental Education Group (MEEG) aims to encourage all members of the community to raise their level of awareness about the environment. Contact Kirsty Hughes.
  • Northern Rivers - contact Christine Freeman, Principal, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre. For schools from Grafton to the Queensland border, contact the Northern Rivers Group of the Environmental Educators.
  • Mid Rivers (NSW North Coast - covers the coastal region between Grafton and Port Macquarie) - the Mid Rivers Group of Environmental Educators (MRGEE) is largely composed of environmental educators, local government educators and teachers. Contact John McQueen at the Cascade Environment Education Centre.
  • Northern Tablelands and North-West - Contact Matt McKenzie from the Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre, Armidale.
  • South-East NSW - South East Resource Recovery Group (SERRG) – If you are a teacher in the south-east of NSW covered by the SEROC (South East Regional Organisation of Councils) and are interested in collaborating with Councils on sustainability and waste education projects, contact Doug Reckord or visit the SERRG website.
  • Southern Tablelands - Wingecarribee/Wollondilly group of Sustainability and Environmental Educators (SEED). Contact Peter Nicoll  Principal, Wooglemai Environmental Education Centre or Joe Stammers, Environmental Projects Officer, Wingecarribee Shire Council.
  • Riverina - Environmental Educators Network. 
State-wide networks
  • The Australian Association for Environmental Education is a national professional body with a NSW chapter.  Its vision is to “connect through education to advance understandings and action in relation to environmental and sustainability issues across all communities and education sectors”.