We fund environmental education using donations made to our environmental protection fund (EPF) and also through a bequest left to us by Pam Morse. Contact us to discuss how we could help you.
- Research grants are available to students engaged in the study of any aspect of urban bushland, including flora and fauna studies, biodiversity, and management issues such as chemical pollution, weed invasion, erosion control and control burning
- Education grants are available to schools for projects that promote awareness of the value of urban bushland, educate students or the community on how to minimise their impact on urban bushland, or restore a natural habitat
John Martyn Research Grant for the Conservation of Bushland
2022 Chantelle Doyle (UNSW, PhD) Ecology of the Critically Endangered Hibbertia spanantha
2021 Erin Rogers (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, Master of Research) Phosphorus Liberation on Low Fertility Soils with Fire: How does it Affect the Re-growth Capacity of Native Plants?
2020 Ruby Paroissien (UNSW, honours) Impact of Changes in Fire Seasonality on the Reproductive Success of the Post-fire Flowering Species, Doryanthes excelsa
Ruby's research was published in Environmental and Experimental Botany, vol 192, Dec 2021, 104634. You can also download a PDF of the paper, Effects of fire season on the reproductive success of the post-fire flowerer Doryanthes excelsa.
2019 Gabriella Hoban (UNSW, honours) Soil Characteristics as Indicators of Restoration Trajectories in Urban Woodlands
2018 Katie Rolls (Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, PhD) Adaptive Capacity of Widespread and Threatened Acacia Species to Climate Change
Threatened Species Children’s Art Competition
Since 2017 STEP has supported a great initiative organised by Forestmedia, an organisation that is aiming to increase community awareness of the plight of our threatened species and help to develop the next generation of environmental leaders. In 2021, the Australian Conservation Foundation partnered with Forestmedia and we decided the competition no longer needed our support.
To encourage and reward research and education on environmental issues, STEP has aligned with Young Scientist and each year we donate a prize of $250 for the best environmental project. The competition is organised by the Science Teachers' Association of New South Wales and is open to students from kindergarten to year 12.
|2021||Chloe LeMap (PLC Sydney) |
Cool the Sand, Save the Sea Turtles
|2020||Maja Dalby-Ball Olson (Barrenjoey High School) |
Variation in Flammability in the Flora in the Sydney Sandstone Vegetation Community
|2019||Suzanne Jones (Redeemer Baptist School) |
The Call of the Wild: A Phrenological Study of Circadas in Lake Parramatta Reserve
|2018||Beatrix Farley (Castle Cove Public School) |
Are there Microplastics on the Beaches of Australia’s East Coast?
|2017||Evette Khaziran (Redeemer Baptist School) |
Give me a Home among the Gum Trees
|2016||Jade Moxey (Sapphire Coast Anglican College) |
Grazing Sheep on Deadly Fireweed: A BaaaaD Situation?
|2015||Jade Moxey (Sapphire Coast Anglican College) |
The Spread of Seeds through Cattle
|2014||Nicole Sung (PLC Sydney) |
Recycling of Grey Water
|2013||Aiden Giragossian (Barker College) |
Biofuel: Ethanol towards a Greener and Secure Energy Future
|2012||Daniel Dell’Armi (De La Salle Revesby Heights) |
Is the Dye-pigment Solar Cell the Solution to our Scarce Amount of Renewable Energy Sources?
Highly commended Aoife Hogan (Hills Grammar School):
Miscanthus – Fuel of the Future?
|2011||Hilary Knowles (Chevalier College) |
What is the Best Method of Filtering Pond Water to Make it Drinkable?
|2010||Meena Sritharan (Strathfield Girls High School) |
How to Clean Up an Oil Spill: Does the Water Temperature of the Ocean Affect the Time to Clean up an Oil Spill?
|2009||Rebecca Dawkins (Sydney Girls High School) |
Effect of Colour and Roofing Material on House Temperature
|To raise awareness of climate change we supported an educational event to support International Day of Climate Action|
|2008||Sam Wightman (Mullumbimby High School) |
Acidic Rain Water from Acid Sulphate Soils
Highly commended Jessica Dunn (Bowral High School)
Do Willows Affect the Quality of Water in Rivers?
|Turramurra High School for environmental school ground projects|
|2007||Nina Pinto (Hornsby Girls High School) |
The Habitat of the Marine Snail, Nerita atramentosa, and the Tenacity of its Foot in Various Salinities
Highly commended Ellenore Forrester (Redeemer Baptist School, Parramatta)
for her excellent research into an Enviropump
|Warrawee Primary School for bushland maintenance|
|2006||Robbie Bishop-Taylor (Great Lakes College, Forster Campus) |
The Identification of Critical Salinity Thresholds for Upper Estuarine Plants
|St Ives Park Primary School for development of a bushland area|
|2005||Laura Woollacott |
An Investigation into the Pollution Stopper and its Effects on the Water Quality of Moores Creek
|2004||Daniel Tracey (Barker College) |
Analysing the Effects of Different Types of Grey Water on Plants
Highly commended David Llewellyn (Great Lakes College)
Investigating the Effect of Riparian Weeds on Stream Invertebrates
|2003||Andrew Stewart (Karabar Distance Education Centre) |
Artificial Wetlands: Can Carex appressa Prevent Eutrophication in Australian Waterways?
|Warrawee Primary School to implemented a program to increase student appreciation and awareness of native tress and Ku-ring-gai Creative Arts High School to restore native bushland by removing the invading exotic Agapanthus and replanting with local species|
|2002||Gregory Howe (Fort Street High School) |
Feral Fish: Is the Plague Minnow in the Myall River System?
|Turramurra North Primary School to plant native trees and Pymble Primary School to establish a worm farm|
|2001||Lui Weber (Wollumbin High School) |
conducted a survey on the endangered red-fruited ebony, Diospyros mabacea
|Turramurra Primary School for weed education and Warrawee Primary School for the creation of native gardens|