How it Works


The koala is one of the world’s most loved animals and a living Australian icon. There are a multitude of dangers and threats to the koala’s survival. As an individual, saving a species is just about impossible. But, collectively, we can make a big difference.

With separate programs for primary and high school students, you can be sure to find lessons and content to motivate and excite everybody.

Read on to learn more about what to expect from the Koala Smart framework.

Baby Koala

The Koala Smart Framework

You Can choose to complete the whole Koala Smart Program, or pick and choose the elements that suit you.


The Koala Smart commitment to koala conservation begins by immersing you in the enchanting world of these iconic marsupials. Through captivating visuals, and/or school incursions or excursions, we set the scene for a deep connection with koalas and their habitats.


Our meticulously crafted lesson plans cater to learners of all ages, offering a comprehensive curriculum on koala conservation. From primary school explorations to advanced secondary school studies, Koala Smart provides engaging, grade-specific content that fosters an understanding of the challenges facing koalas and the practical steps individuals can take to safeguard their future.


Use this interactive map to discover localised information, stories, and destinations.


This is where you can directly contribute to koala conservation. The “Complete a Project” element connects you with ‘Critical Friends’ who can assist you in applying new knowledge and skills.

Additionally, consider exploring the “Koala Heroes” program where Koala Smart financially supports students’ initiatives. Together, we can turn learning into meaningful action, nurturing a community of eco-champions dedicated to preserving koalas and their habitats.

Project Examples

If you choose to complete the program with a project, you will be supported by a mentor or Koala expert

Small School, Big Goals

Students at Delungra Public School became concerned by the devastation caused by the drought and decided to help the environment to recover.

Developing the Idea

Kempsey Adventist High School (KAS) students designed and prototyped the Koala 000 app, which was recognised with top honours as part of the Koala Smart project in 2019.

The Power of the Koala

The results of Koala Smart on show at Panthers, Port Macquarie.
Almost 300 people attended the Koala Smart Schools Display launch at Panthers last week. Students, their families, teachers and supporters compared entries then settled in to hear which schools would take out the honours.

Koala Smart Project Results