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SEEKING SPONSORS

Located within the Herdsman Lake Regional Park, the Herdsman Lake Discovery Centre is an interactive nature-education, exhibition and meeting space with offerings for schools and the wider community managed by the WA Gould League, a not-for-profit organisation committed to nurturing a passion for the natural world through education, innovation and communication. The WA Gould League has long been supported by government funding and the generosity of people who share a value for environmental and indigenous education.

 

Since state government funding for environmental education programs ceased in 2019, we have been open to support from sponsors. We were extremely fortunate to be awarded a substantial Lotterywest grant to renovate and re-establish as a state-of-the-art education centre. We are now seeking sponsors who share our vision to provide students with quality and innovative environmental and Indigenous education opportunities into the future.

 

The new state-of-the-art Discovery Centre was opened by the WA Premier in September 2021 and provides a unique location for schools and community education programs encompassing science, indigenous culture, and community wellbeing, leveraging the Gould League’s track record of managing education programs since its inception in 1939, with the site at Herdsman Lake successfully managed and operated since 1984.

 

Each year over 6,000 primary and secondary students, as well as special needs and seniors’ groups from across Western Australia attend the WA Gould League’s programs. The WA Gould League has been instrumental in inspiring thousands of young people, with students going on to successful careers in science, academia and teaching.

 

Unique Programs Supporting Community Development

 

Current programs offered by our diverse team include curriculum-linked School Excursion opportunities and Incursion material focusing on science exploration for Primary, Secondary and home-school students, early childhood Nature Playgroups, After School Nature Club, School Holiday programs, monthly Family Nature weekends, Night Walks and Bird Walks. Unique Indigenous learning activities are provided in partnership with Elders to educate and engage students with cultural knowledge and help them to understand the sustainable practices that enabled Aboriginal societies to live with only a small ecological footprint. Attendance across all programs is diverse, including school and family-based groups catering for all ages, primarily from the Perth and Peel area. Virtual excursions are offered to engage remote and rural participants.

The centre regularly partners with local organisations including BirdLife WA, WA Naturalists’ Club, Insect Study Society, Native Animal Rescue, Boorloo Aboriginal Cultural Experiences, and Nyungar Birdiyia to provide a community hub for environmental learning for everyone, through its innovative, interactive exhibits and wildlife enclosures.

 

Funding Proposal

 

We would like to invite sponsors to consider financial support in part or full of these future programs. Values assigned to each initiative are indicative and support can be flexible based on a shared vision.

  • Inhouse Educators “Excellent Teaching for All Students” up to $300k

Attract and retain part-time Primary/Secondary qualified teachers to facilitate the Centres’ diverse and all-inclusive education programs. The educators will run the curriculum-based excursion programs for all learning groups.

  • Indigenous Teacher Training “Next Generation Leaders” up to $50k

Program to train educators to share Indigenous culture and land management insights. Training Indigenous educators for outreach opportunities to share First Nations’ knowledge of Country addressing the current community shortage of Indigenous educators.

  • STEM Laboratory “Future Ready Students” up to $160k

Construction of a science laboratory onsite at the Discovery Centre would expand the educational offering of the centre. Existing space within the centre will be renovated to provide laboratory benchtops and science exploration equipment including microscopes and audio-visual teaching tools to facilitate physical science exploration opportunities for students.

 

Outside of these initiatives, financial support to subsidise the educational program cost to schools is welcomed at any level and will allow wider availability to all.

 

For further information about the Herdsman Discovery Centre, the programs and management committee please contact us at: president@wagouldleague.com.au