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Rio Tinto Earth Assist

Rio Tinto Earth Assist (RTEA) 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 (WA). 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 (DBCA).

Bringing young people back to nature

RTEA 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.

The program 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 our bus
• Personal Protective Equipment, tools and equipment
• Program management and insurance

Our activities link to and support the WA curriculum and cross curriculum priorities, specifically Sustainability and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures. RTEA offers a variety of delivery models to suit different ages, regions and volunteering interests.

2018 Calendar

Re-Create Waste Recycled Art Exhibition

Our finalists have been announced! See here for a list of group and solo artist finalists. Finalist art pieces will be on exhibit during the up-coming school holidays and we invite you to come and visit and vote in the People’s Choice Award!

When: 24th September – 5th October (People’s Choice voting closes on the 4th October).

Where: Foyer, DBCA HQ, 17 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington, WA.

School Activities – Book now!

If you would like to book your school in for an excursion or incursion please contact us on the details provided below.

  • Community Conservation Action (Excursion) – where students head out to a conservation site or wildlife sanctuary. Students can complete various activities to the betterment of their community and the environment as part of the school’s community service program, whilst learning skills that link with the WA curriculum.
  • Living Classroom Program (Incursion)– Students participate in the development and installation of ‘living classrooms’ within school-grounds. Students are able to learn new skills whilst working towards creating healthier environments. This program can be tailored to suit all year levels including Early Childhood. Incursions may include one class for an entire day or multiple classes for whole or part days.

School Holiday Program

Every school holidays we provide an exciting opportunity for students to undertake environmental volunteering in their community. Activities can include planting, bird surveys, site maintenance at wildlife centers, dune rehabilitation, marine debris surveys and various other conservation-based activities. Students in this program must be 15 years old or above, or must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • The next school holiday program will run from 24th – 28th September and the 1st – 5th October.

To book onto the School Holiday Program, email [email protected].

Regional Tours – Book now!

  • Great Southern, 5th – 16th November

 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 [email protected].