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Rio Tinto Earth Assist

Rio Tinto Earth Assist is an award-winning environmental education and student volunteering program, engaging thousands of primary and secondary school students across the length and breadth of Western Australia. A Conservation Volunteers initiative; the program is developed and delivered in partnership with Rio Tinto, the WA Department of Education and the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions.

Bringing young people back to nature

Rio Tinto Earth Assist supports a growing movement to reconnect young Australians to their natural surrounds, by immersing them in hands-on environmental education experiences. We encourage students to discover nature’s classroom, get their hands dirty, and take action for a sustainable future.

Rio Tinto Earth Assist takes an experiential learning approach to education, enabling teachers and students to easily step outside the classroom, to enhance their school’s natural environment or assist local conservation projects happening in their area.

Schools and participants are offered a complete delivery package, including:

• Team Leader guidance and supervision
• Transport to and from project sites in the Earth Assist bus
• Personal Protective Equipment, tools and equipment
• Program management and insurance

Our activities link to and support the Western Australian Curriculum and cross curriculum priorities, specifically Sustainability and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

The Rio Tinto Earth Assist program offer a variety of delivery models to suit different ages, regions and volunteering interests.

Calendar of Events

School Holiday Program – January 2018 – Book now!

Tuesday 16th – Friday 20th January,  Monday 22nd – Thursday 25th January.

Project activities include planting, bird surveys, site maintenance at wildlife centers, dune rehabilitation, marine debris surveys and various other conservation-based activities! Please note students in the School Holiday Program must be 15 years old or above, or must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To book onto the school holiday program, please email perth@cva.org.au.

Upcoming Regional Tours 2017

Wheatbelt 21st October – 31st October ( Term 4, weeks 3 and 4).

Capture Your Curiosity 

This year Rio Tinto Earth Assist hosted a Capture Your Curiosity Photo Competition for WA Primary and Secondary Students. Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to our winners, runner-ups and finalists.

Winner - Standing Guard, by Alexander

Primary School Winner – Standing Guard, by Alexander

Runner Up - Tiny Fungus by Eladia

Primary School Runner Up – Tiny Fungus by Eladia

Secondary School Winner - Swirling Rock by Amalina

Secondary School Winner – Swirling Rock by Amalina

Secondary School Runner Up and Winner of People's CHoice Award - Mulla Mulla Buzz by Jack

Secondary School Runner Up and Winner of People’s Choice Award – Mulla Mulla Buzz by Jack




Primary School Finalists:

  • Praying Mantis Egg Case by Amelia
  • Gorgeous Gorge by Ben
  • Sea Gull by Elle
  • Lichen on the Coastal Rocks by Freya
  • Indjdiup Natural Spa by Hamish
  • The Point Walter Foreshore by Isabella
  • Margaret River Rock Pools by Jarrah
  • Tears by Jordi

Secondary School Finalists:

  • A Rainy Day Meal by Alexis
  • Angel’s Tears by Corey
  • Blue Beauty by Elliot
  • Flower of the Wild by Kaylee
  • I ‘Heart’ the Sea by Sabine
  • A Grateful Survivor by Sasha
  • Spiritualotus by Tommy
  • Spooky Spider by Tyler

Contact Us

If you would like to get your school involved in Rio Tinto Earth Assist, please contact our Perth Office on (08) 9335 2777 or email the Program Coordinator at info@earthassist.org.au.

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