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School and outdoor children's programs

Find programs and resources as well as excursion ideas.

Health, safety and wellbeing

Active School Travel program (primary and secondary)

Create a healthier school community and reduce traffic congestion around schools with this free program designed to help students, parents and teachers find active ways to get to school.

Find out about our Active School Travel program.

Beach and surf safety program (primary and secondary)

Help save lives by promoting surf safety messages in your school and community. Contact City Lifeguards on 07 5581 6740 to arrange a school visit.

Pet education

Be Pet Smart is a free interactive program for children to learn about responsible pet ownership and dog bite prevention.

Stormwater safety awareness

Help save lives with this safety program designed to educate children on the dangers of playing in stormwater. Curriculum-aligned. Suitable for Years 3-7.

Download the teacher's kit.

Queensland Youth Week

Every April, Queensland Youth Week hosts a range of events to celebrate young people aged 12 to 25 and the positive contribution they make to our communities.

Science and the environment

Botanic Gardens Education program (primary and secondary)

This program offers free outdoor hands-on learning experiences. Topics include conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and indigenous perspectives. Curriculum-aligned. It's free of charge, for class sizes of between 25 and 30 students (with teacher supervision).

For further information download the education brochure or contact the Gardens Education Officer on 0400 048 006.

Coastal education (primary and secondary)

Students can learn first-hand about our precious coastal environment with CoastEd and other programs.

Koala conservation

The Koala Conservation Education Program is a school program targeted at local Year 4 and 7 students. The program is designed to develop students’ knowledge of koalas, their habitat and threats, and relevant conservation measures.

NaturallyGC Program

Connect, conserve and explore nature with NaturallyGC and participate in a variety of free and low-cost, nature-based education workshops, activities, events and nature-based recreation across the Gold Coast.

Tree planting program (all ages)

Schools can join this free program to either host a tree planting day for their group or join an existing scheduled tree planting day.

Watersaver program

This fun and engaging program educates students about water conservation and the City of Gold Coast’s initiative to reduce water consumption.

Download teacher's kits:


HOTA Home of the Arts

HOTA Home of the Arts offers programs that align with the Australian School curriculum. Find out more

Civics education

Council's role in government

An introduction to the three different levels of government in Australia and Council's role.

School visits to Council Chambers

City of Gold Coast hosts school visits to the Council Chambers in Bundall. To arrange a visit, contact the Corporate Communication branch on 07 5581 6877.

Junior Council (student leadership - high school)

Junior Council is a two-year leadership and civic program for Years 10 and 11 students attending Gold Coast high schools.

Graffiti prevention program

This program educates students about the personal, community and environmental consequences of graffiti. Curriculum-aligned. Suitable for Years P-12.

Download teacher's kits.

Resources about City of Gold Coast, further information and visits to schools

If you need more information, would like to request any City resources to use as part of the curriculum or arrange a visit to your school by City officers, please contact each team directly.

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