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

2018 Calendar

Term 2 School Activities – Book now!

Rio Tinto Earth Assist is now taking bookings for Term 2! 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 April school holiday program will run from 17th – 20th and the 24th – 27th April.

To book onto the School Holiday Program, email

Regional Tours – Book now!

  • Kimberley, 4th – 22nd June
  • Pilbara, 3rd – 14th September
  • Great Southern , 5th – 16th November

Re-Create Waste Recycled Art Competition – Now open!

Re-cycled artwork is highly relevant during an era where we all have to consider ways to reduce, reuse and recycle towards a more sustainable future. This competition allows students to explore and share their waste reduction messages whilst showcasing their artistic ability. Enter as a class or as an individual! See more information in the Re-Create Waste Recycled Art Competition Flyer.

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