School programs

Cessnock City Council supports a number of environmental education initiatives for schools in the Cessnock Local Government Area:

Dirtgirlworld’s 'Get Grubby Program'

Council has subscribed to the Get Grubby program for early childhood and early primary years (up to Year 3). 

The program focuses on the enrichment of the early learner and support for their educators around environmental sustainability.

To find out how you can be involved, please email

Plants for National Tree Day 

Council provides schools and preschools with native plants for National Tree Day held on the last Friday of July each year. 

School environment grants

Schools are encouraged to apply if they're planning or undertaking a project that has an environmental focus. Eligible past projects include:

  • vegetable, sensory, bush-tucker and native gardens, chicken coups, compost or worm-farms
  • native animals and birds habitat projects
  • waste reduction, energy or water saving projects
  • environmental competitions, excursions or teacher training

The grants for 2019-20 have been awarded and successful schools have been advised. Check this page later in the year to see the guidelines and access the application form for 2020-2021.