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Growing your own garden can help the environment in many different ways such as:

  • Growing your own food can reduce packaging and pollution needed when you buy groceries 

  • Growing flowers and other plants can create habitats for wildlife especially birds and insects

  • Gardening can help clear the air from pollution and create more green spaces 


Composting is also important! It reduces the amount of food scraps that ends up wasted in landfill and it also creates nutrient-rich soil to help your gardens grow! Did you know that:

0 %
Of the rubbish Australians put in the general waste bin could be composted or put in a worm farm!
0 %
Of the rubbish Australians put in the general waste bin could be composted or put in a worm farm!

Gardening and Composting:
Activities & Competitions

Containers for Change is a great initiative to encourage recycling and giving back to the community. 

We suggest incorporating Containers for Change with our Recycle Rangers challenge.

Step 1

Setting up a recycling initiative in your school, and making sure people know how to use it.

Step 2

Separating the refundable containers from non-refundable. 

Step 3

Taking the refundable containers to your nearest collection centre.

Step 4

Check out ReturnIt or Scouts to assist with steps 2 and 3! 

Choose what to do with the funds! These could be put towards an environmental project in the school, local charity or anything else you choose. EcoMarines is a registered charity with Containers for Change and we would welcome any donations to help us grow! Our code is C10041492 if you would like to donate.

The Containers for Change website has more information on what type of containers are accepted, and where to return them.

Have you taken notice of any cute animals that regularly visit you school’s garden, such as frogs, butterflies or birds? What could you do to improve the garden to attract more of these animals?

You can start by creating fun, accessible habitats using recycled materials that you would otherwise dispose of. Submit photos of your awesome creations and informative posters for your chance to win a Bunnings prize pack to support you in future gardening projects.  

Good luck with your Happy Habitats! You can even pair this challenge with the Mindfulness Garden!

Step 1: Investigate your garden's ecosystem

Before getting started you’ll have to gain a better understanding of the ecosystem you’re dealing with so that you can choose the most suitable habitat to construct in that environment. Here are some questions you should consider when investigating your garden: 

  • What animals do I already see on a regular basis?
  • What animals would I like to attract to the garden that may benefit the rest of the ecosystem? e.g. pollinators that may help spread pollen from native flowers. 
  • How can I compliment the garden with the habitat I create? e.g. creating a frog habitat nearby a pond.  


Step 2: Choose the animal

As a team decide on which animal you would like to create a habitat for. Or feel free to decide on a few! We have provided some examples below but feel free to research other potential DIY animal habitats that you could construct e.g. bird habitat, lizard habitats etc. 

Think about the recycled materials you could use to create these habitats e.g. using offcuts of pipes for a frog habitat. 


Step 3: Start building!

With the guidance and/or permission of your teacher you can start building the habitat of your choice. Here are some questions you should consider whilst constructing: 

  • Where in the garden will this be positioned?
  • Based on where you plan to locate the structure, will the habitat be accessible to the animal? 
  • Will the habitat compliment surrounding features of the garden? e.g. a bird feeder would go great under a tree where a bird might land on.


Frog Hotel created by the 2022 EcoMarines of Oakleigh SS

Step 4: Send us Pictures!

Take photos of your beautiful creations along and submit it to us below or send us an email via the button. The EcoMarines team will choose a few entries to win a Bunnings prize pack !

Extra Resources and Activities

Composting and Worm Farms

To help with food waste and feeding your garden, why not implement a compost bin or worm farm at your school? 

Compost Rebate

Find a nearby communal compost bin or worm farm where you can dispose of your food scr


There are plenty of organisations that help with linking gardening, cooking and the curriculum. Check these links out: 

BCC Schools - Free Native Plants Registration

If your school is within the Brisbane City Council region, you can apply for free native plants to help your school create healthy habitats for our local wildlife.

Gronative Plant App

Our friends at Griffith University have created an app to help you design a native garden in SouthEast Queensland. 

Gardens and the Curriculum

There are plenty of organisations that help with linking gardening, cooking and the curriculum. Check these links out: 

Native Bee Hives

Native bee hives are a great way to pollinate your school gardens. Check out this resource to see how you can get your own! 

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