2023 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants

Congratulations to the 2023 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants recipients!

In 2023, Landcare Australia partnered with the Victorian Government’s Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action for a sixth round of the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants.

A total of $473,412 has been awarded to fund 123 projects that involve and educate young people in valuing and actively caring for Victoria’s biodiversity and natural environment.

From Mernda Park Primary School’s project to plant flowering gum trees to provide suitable habitat for the critically endangered swift parrot to Sacred Heart College Kyneton’s project to carry out weed control, replanting and nest box placement to restore a riparian strip alongside the school. The funded projects provide young Victorians the opportunity to participate in biodiversity focused hands-on projects and/or learning activities.

The grants also contribute to the targets of Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037, the Victorian Government’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment.

Since the Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants were first introduced in 2018, a total of 678 projects have received $2,496,703 in funding through the program.

To read about previous Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grants projects, and their positive educational and environmental outcomes, explore our case studies section here.

Complete list of 2023 Victorian Junior Landcare and Biodiversity Grant recipients:
Group Name/School Name Project Name Suburb/Town Grant Amount
1st Ballan Scouts Connecting The Landscape Ballan $4,910.00
1st Churchill Scout Group Reducing In Impact Of Plastics On Our Biodiversity Churchill $5,000.00
1st Deer Park Scout Group Native Gardens Deer Park $3,994.56
1st Rutherglen Scout Group Nest Boxes And Monitoring Program Rutherglen $4,880.00
1st Traralgon Scout Group Planting Of Significance Traralgon $4,032.00
Abbotsford Primary School Biodiversity Haven Abbotsford $5,000.00
Airly Primary School Sustainable And Indigenous Food, Medicine and Materials Garden Airly $3,230.27
Aitken College Golden Sun Moth Habitat Project Greenvale $3,980.25
Alice Miller School Where the Wildlings Are – A Pine Plantation Removal Project Macedon $4,989.25
Apollo Bay P-12 College Walking On Gadubanud Country Apollo Bay $5,000.00
Assisi Kindergarten The Bush Tucker Garden And Education Program Project Strathfieldsaye $2,419.97
Bairnsdale Joey Scout Unit The Pawsome Patrol Bairnsdale $4,277.80
Ballarat Grammar Indigenous Garden And Outdoor Learning Space Wendouree $4,995.00
Ballarat Specialist School Native Regeneration And Bird Life Habitat Walking Trail Invermay Park $4,051.00
Bayside P12 College Flora And Fauna Project Newport $2,847.34
Beaufort Secondary College Wetlands Revival Beaufort $4,950.00
Bendigo South East College Bushfoods and Indigenous Plant Trail Flora Hill $1,390.00
Bialik College Indigenous Wetlands Hawthorn $2,515.00
Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Network – Junior Landcare Group Understanding Our Environment Through Citizen Science St Arnaud $3,700.00
Cavendish Primary School Building Nest Boxes To Create Essential Habitat For Indigenous Wildlife Cavendish $2,503.40
Chelsea Heights Kindergarten Excursion To Cranbourne Botanical Gardens Chelsea Heights $1,029.00
Coatesville Primary School Indigenous Garden – Promoting Biodiversity Bentleigh East $4,411.46
Coburg West Primary School Biodiversity Project Coburg $2,076.83
Colchester Park Preschool Creation Of Indigenous Bush Tucker Garden Boronia $2,924.00
Coleraine Primary School Native Biodiversity Plantings Coleraine $4,987.40
Cowes Primary School Students As Stewards Of Our School Sanctuary Cowes $4,650.00
Crossway Preschool Sensational Seahorses And Other Marine Life In Port Phillip Bay Brighton $1,559.40
Croydon Hills Primary School North Slope Grassland Extension Croydon Hills $3,659.28
Dame Nellie Melba Kindergarten Never Too Young To Care For Country Richmond $3,085.50
Davis Creek Primary School Kindergarten Bush Garden: A Connection To The Land Tarneit $4,255.00
Daylesford Dharma School Community Nature Observation Daylesford $4,900.00
Dhauwurd-Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service Youth Group Bush Garden Portland $3,512.93
Diamond Creek Primary School Remove, Replace, Renew Diamond Creek $3,421.95
Edinburgh Early Learning Centre Regenerating Our Bush Kinder Lilydale $4,240.00
Elliminyt Primary School Native Flora And Fauna Habitat Elliminyt $4,635.00
Ganbu Gulinj Kindergarten Connecting To Wild Life Wollert $5,000.00
Girl Guides Association of Victoria Girl Power At Britannia Park Docklands $4,992.90
Gisborne Montessori School Our Australian Bush Food And Medicinal Plants Growing And Learning Space New Gisborne $4,996.00
Gisborne Primary School Nature Trail, Yarning Circle And Bush Tucker Garden Gisborne $1,956.10
Glen Education Caulfield Primary Kindergarten Expanding Children’s Understanding Of Native Plants And Natural Habitat Local To Our Kindergarten Caulfield South $3,998.80
Glen Education Centre Road Kindergarten Connecting To Nature Bentleigh East $4,791.71
Gordon Street Preschool Biodiversity And Ecosystem Health Through Butterflies Beaumaris $1,794.90
Gowrie Victoria Retrieving Forward For Shared Futures Yarraville $4,843.90
Grovedale College Native Garden Grovedale $3,923.98
Hamilton Primary School Biodiversity Garden Hamilton $1,921.79
Holy Trinity Lutheran College Building Biodiversity Horsham $4,583.50
Inspire Early Learning Journey Land And Nature Preston $1,895.00
JJ McMahon Memorial Kindergarten Biodiversity Buddies: Fostering Environmental Stewardship Kew $2,100.00
Kalianna School Bendigo Ironbark Gully Bird Box Restoration North Bendigo $4,970.60
Kallista Primary School Wet Forest Nature Trail Restoration Project Kallista $4,396.55
Kariwara District Scouts Native Habitat Garden Altona $2,605.51
Kids First Australia Indigenous Garden Lalor $4,563.61
Kilbreda College Planting The Seed – Helping School Children Create a Living Classroom Mentone $4,941.50
Kolbe Catholic College Green Horizons Greenvale $4,982.50
Kongwak Primary School Nest box Installation And Monitoring Program Kongwak $4,968.00
Lara Primary School Plant Works Royal Botanic Gardens Lara $4,130.00
Lardner And District Primary School The Gratitude Project Lardner $5,000.00
Leopold Primary School Land and Sea – Bellarine Student Environmental Program Leopold $4,880.00
Lismore Primary School Indigenous Grasses Of The Victorian Volcanic Plains Lismore $1,638.90
Little Bendigo Primary School Citizen Science Nerrina $4,210.00
Longwood Primary School Treasure And Care For Our Local Remnant Grasslands Longwood $4,413.65
Lower Plenty Primary School Frog Bog Lower Plenty $1,604.28
Macclesfield Primary School Nature Walk Improvement Macclesfield $3,895.00
Macedon Ranges Montessori Preschool Habitat Restoration Project Riddells Creek $2,260.06
Maranatha Christian School Habitat Replacement Officer $4,362.55
Melba College Dry Wetlands Croydon $2,351.28
Melbourne Montessori School Indigenous Horticulture Project Brighton East $4,935.20
Mercy Regional College Biodiversity As A Catalyst For Change, Engagement And Inspiration Camperdown $3,111.90
Mernda Park Primary school Flowering Gums For Swift Parrots Mernda $2,261.30
Mirboo North Primary School Strzelecki Koala Rehabilitation Project Mirboo North $3,900.00
Mitta Mitta Primary School Enhancing Biodiversity With Bandicoots And Gliders In The Mitta Valley Mitta Mitta $4,990.00
Montmorency Primary School Pond Life and Future Food Montmorency $4,558.35
Mount Lilydale Mercy College Native Garden and Food Trail Lilydale $4,800.00
Mount Pleasant Primary School Rewilding Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant $4,850.00
Mt Evelyn Memorial Preschool Caring For Country Mount Evelyn $4,959.00
Narrawong District Primary School Native Pollinators Narrawong $4,362.00
Newham Primary School Pollinators, Weeds, Carbon Sequestration and Animal Monitoring: Biodiversity Incursion Series Newham $2,666.27
Newtown Primary School Native Wildlife Garden Newtown $4,963.71
Northside Christian College Australian Landscape Mural And Landscaping Bundoora $5,000.00
Park Ridge Primary School Indigenous Revegetation Garden Rowville $4,139.73
Pasadena Preschool Exploring Our Local Biodiversity Mildura $2,900.00
Perry Street Childcare Centre and Elizabeth Gorman Kindergarten Babies Sensory Indigenous Garden Fairfield $4,972.60
Pomonal Primary School Making Habitat For Kids And Critters Pomonal $3,650.00
Pyalong Primary School Biodiverse Outdoor Classroom Pyalong $1,911.92
Riverwalk Primary School Mt Rothwell Excursion Werribee $3,000.00
Robert Cochrane Kindergarten Biodiversity Focused On-ground Project and Education Hawthorn $1,698.00
Rosebud Secondary College Blairgowrie Sand Dune Restoration Project Rosebud $4,500.00
Sacred Heart College Campaspe River Revegetation Kyneton $4,911.00
Sarah Court Preschool Biodiversity And Bush Play Montrose $1,589.56
Somers Primary School Improving Educational Outcomes About Our Local Biodiversity And Natural Environment Somers $3,245.00
Sorrento Primary School Green Corridor And Biodiverse Outdoor Learning Space Project Sorrento $4,588.30
Springside Primary School Indigenous Garden And Yarning Circle Caroline Springs $4,992.20
St Aloysius Catholic Primary School Biodiversity Ecosystem Project Queenscliff $4,997.50
St Brendan’s Primary School Inviting Creatures Into Our Classroom Coragulac $4,517.00
St Johns Lutheran Kindergarten The Busy Bees Project Newtown $1,996.20
St Joseph’s Primary School Creating A Home For Butterflies And Birds Korumburra $5,000.00
St Leonards Primary School Land and Sea – Bellarine Student Environmental Program St Leonards $4,960.00
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School Indigenous Wetlands And Biolink And A Koori Connection Hastings $5,000.00
St Monica’s College Wetlands Restoration Epping $4,465.70
St Peter Apostle Primary School Exploring Our Local Environment Hoppers Crossing $3,725.00
St Pius X Catholic Primary School The Lounging Frog Lagoon Heidelberg West $3,330.00
Sunbury College Emu Bottom Wetlands Project Sunbury $3,286.35
Sunraysia District Scouts Learn Local And Act Global – Local Ecosystems And Amazing Biodiversity Mildura $4,650.03
Sunshine Heights Primary School Planting The Seeds Of Biodiversity Through Augmented Reality To The Community Sunshine West $3,850.00
Surfside Primary School Habitat Boxes For Biodiversity And Native Wildlife Protection Ocean Grove $4,768.84
Swinburne Children’s Centre Minibeasts In The Back Yard And Nature’s Little Fertilisers Wantirna South $4,995.00
Taradale Primary School Habitat Garden Taradale $4,095.00
Tarnagulla Primary School Biodiversity Maze Project Tarnagulla $3,159.00
Tarneit Scout Group Community Planting At Werribee River Tarneit $4,952.68
Tecoma Primary School Indigenous Garden Tecoma $3,300.00
Terang College P-12 Creating A Sustainable Indigenous Food Forest Terang $3,580.00
The Learning Education And Play Centre Sensational Spot West Wodonga $4,899.00
Tongala Kindergarten Value And Celebrate The Natural Environment Tongala $2,325.00
Trinity Lutheran College Natural Vegetation Area Mildura $1,166.50
Tylden Primary School Wanyarram Dum Frog Ponds Excursion Tylden $2,549.00
Upwey Primary School Regeneration Project Upwey $4,865.94
Wahroonga Preschool Bring Back The Bees, Butterflies And Birds Greensborough $1,182.48
Waratah Special Developmental School Indigenous Garden And Outdoor Learning Bellfield $4,865.00
Warrnambool East Primary School Growing Together: Nurturing Indigenous Connections And Caring For Country Through A Native Garden Warrnambool $4,940.56
Waverley Montessori Early Learning Centre Nurturing A Native Garden Together Mulgrave $4,995.06
Williamstown High School Original Indigenous Landscaping Williamstown $3,950.00
Wonthaggi Primary School Building An Indigenous Pollinator Garden Wonthaggi $3,843.00
Woodleigh School Improving Biodiversity Of The Brian Henderson Wildlife Reserve Langwarrin South $4,760.00