These resources have been developed to support educators in NSW schools to engage meaningfully with the Eat Dirt program.

Eat Dirt is a program piloted at Bellingen High School to build community resilience by connecting students to Country, nature and each other.

Funding for this pilot program has been made possible with a grant from the NSW Government’s Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund and is a partnership project with Gotcha4Life, Surf Life Saving NSW, Bellingen High School and the local community.

The project sees students educated outside, in nature, using the available resources to teach across the curriculum.

Bellingen High School Acting Principal Tim Laverty said the benefits of this program are far-reaching for the students.

“We need our students to become empowered, energised and contributors to the community. This  program will give our children the tools to work on their resilience, to improve educational outcomes, the health of our environment and promote reconciliation,” Mr Laverty said.

To find out more about the project, contact Melanie Tyas, Landcare NSW on


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