About the Program

About Enviro-Stories

PeeKdesigns established the Enviro-Stories program in 2009 because we are passionate about bringing children’s stories to life. By combining literacy, science and sustainability, this program not only supports student learning about their local area but it is also aligned to core curriculum outcomes. For teachers who want to go that extra mile, students can gain confidence in public speaking as they promote their books to their school, a sister/brother school and/or the community.

Through the valuable support of our sponsors, we have been able to bring Enviro-Stories to schools in regional New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Since its establishment, the Enviro-Stories program has produced more than 250 student written and illustrated books and well over 70,000 copies distributed to schools and communities across the regions where the program has been run. This is a massive achievement for all the teachers, parents, students, sponsors and other contributors to this innovative program.

We hope that continued support for the program will see it spread across new regions of this wonderful and story-inspiring country.

Peter and Kelly Coleman with the students

Peter and Kelly Coleman with  students from Briagolong Primary School 

In the beginning…

Peter Coleman and Kelly Coleman

We (Peter and Kelly) are not only partners in business, but also partners in life. Having met many years ago in outback Northern Territory, we have migrated together across Queensland, New South Wales and have now settled in the beautiful East Gippsland region of Victoria. Through our travels around Australia we have many, many stories to tell about the places we’ve seen and the people we’ve met. We know the value of storytelling and the visual imagery it creates within the audience. It is our passion of the Australian environment, in all its shapes, sizes, colours, smells and people, that keeps inspiring us to teach others and help them generate their own unique experiences.

Peter Coleman

Enviro-Stories Coordinator

Peter established PeeKdesigns in 2008 to provide environmental education engagement opportunities for organisations and is always ensuring the best possible results are achieved for our sponsors, program participants and suppliers.

His teaching experiences provide him with strong leadership and mentoring skills and the ability to compile easy-to-use education kits for Enviro-stories program where technical information is interpreted for students and teachers. Peter has also been editing children’s stories for Enviro-Stories since its inception in 2009.

Kelly Coleman

Senior Environmental Education Consultant

Kelly has a background in terrestrial ecology, coastal management and photography. She has used these skills to provide technical advice, support and expertise in the planning, development and designing of education, extension and interpretive materials for many projects. Kelly plays a key role in developing the education resources for Enviro-Stories.

Kelly has used her creative drive to become an established graphic designer. Her strength in this field allows her to create and interpret the childrens’ stories and illustrations to compile the hundreds of books created as part of Enviro-Stories.

Our Stories

When presenting students with their published book you never get tired of the surprised looks on students faces. They never quite understand just what it means to be a published author. It is only until later that the reality sinks in and they are genuinely grateful for the opportunity to be involved in Enviro-Stories. Here are just a few of our stories.