Up the Creek and Down the Drain

Up the Creek and Down the Drain is an Australian Curriculum and C2C aligned education unit that uses a storythread approach to teach primary school children (Grade 4-6).

The unit provides a powerful tool that allows students and teachers to engage emotionally and intellectually with a local waterway, in ways that encourage positive action and behaviour change.

Up the Creek and Down the Drain supports the following key outcomes:

  • Provides a pathway for schools and community to work on a collaborative project that addresses local waterway health issues
  • Provides valuable 'learning outside the classroom' opportunities for students
  • Builds teacher capacity to implement a program which enables students to directly experience and learn in nature.



Up the Creek and Down the Drain incorporates a range of innovative and interactive outdoor teaching methods to create a powerful story about a local waterway. It inspires students to become Waterway Investigators and undertake a project in their local community.

To help support the uptake of this resource in South East Queensland, Healthy Waterways hosts training workshops.

Primary schools in the Scenic Rim area are invited to take part in the 2016 teacher training workshop, hosted in partnership with Scenic Rim Regional Council. 

If you are interested in participating in a workshop or adapting the storythread to your local creek, please contact us.



Up the Creek and Down the Drain won the Queensland Government Environmental Award at the 2015 Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards for Up the Creek and Down the Drain. 

For a recent update on this project, read more here

Teachers Resources

To find out more about Up the Creek and Down the Drain, please visit our Resources section.

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Testimonials: Teachers

“I found all the aspects of the workshop to be valuable. It was a most informative and enjoyable day.”

“I loved all of the drama and attentiveness work.”

“The drama activities were excellent and I appreciate the opportunity to allow students to connect with their environment and hopefully for them to raise their awareness of environmental issues.”

Testimonials: Yr 5 Students

“I like being a Waterway Investigator because I feel so proud of myself. When I grow up I am going to help save the environment.”

“The action I am going to take as a Waterways Investigator is to watch over the creek (like a guardian) and clean it frequently.”

“I loved being a Waterways Investigator because I like thinking and learning.”