Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

S.E.E.D.S. Stewardship of Endemic and Endangered Species

SEEDS a project about keeping the environmental torch burning and preparing the next generation to take it.

South Australia has about 3500 endemic vascular species of plant, of which 801 (almost 25%) are listed as threatened. SEEDS is about saving them from extinction. More importantly it is about engaging and educating young people in this process and empowering them to take action as environmental custodians and scientists.

In 2014, 14 schools across metropolitan, regional, primary, secondary, government, independent and catholic school sites will trial the seeds project. Scientists from the Seed Conservation Centre at the Adelaide Botanic Garden will provide to schools the seed of a local registered threatened species and show students how to propagate them. The students will then grow on the plants and plant them in the school. With support from local scientist students will also revegetate a place in their community. Later they will collect seed with a view to teaching next year’s group how to repeat the process.

Effectively the school, students and community will become environmental custodians of their endangered species, helping to maintain a living and viable source of the seed.

Participating Schools

Check out the latest updates from our participating schools on their blogs below.

Christian Brothers College
Brachyscome diversifolia

Cowell Area School
Cowell Area School
Commersonia multiloba

Gilles Street Primary School
Veronica derwentiana

Investigator College Victor Harbor
Olearia pannosa

Kildare College
Kildare College
Cullen parvum

Kimba Area School
Choretrum glomeratum

Moonta Area School
Moonta Area School
Dodonaea subglandulifera

Mount Compass Area SchoolMount Compass Area School
Allocasuarina robusta

Quorn Area School
Senecio megaglossus

Tenison Woods College
Tenison Woods College
Cullen microcephalum

Urrbrae Agricultural High School
Glycine tabacina

Wilderness School
Spyridium fontis-woodsii

Williamstown Primary SchoolWilliamstown Primary School
Eryngium ovinum