I spy with my compound eye
Students will get their hands dirty discovering the world of mini-beasts. Through interactive classroom and outdoor activities, students will learn about the diversity of arthropods that live in Brisbane and why these critters are essential to the world around us.
Splash into learning about healthy waterways and creek habitats. Clean water is vital for all life. At the environment centre students can actively discover the wildlife found in and around our creeks and learn about their needs to survive and flourish.
First peoples, place & plants
This half-day program allows students to experience the rich story telling culture of the first peoples. Students will learn how the first peoples made use of the natural environment around them and will get hands on and make their own modern day version of indigenous tools and crafts.
First peoples, place & plants - Full day
This full-day program includes all of the activities from ‘Indigenous discovery’ as well as a guided walk along the Billai Dhagum track featuring the Nurri Millen Totems at Boondall Wetlands exploring Aboriginal history and traditional use of natural resources.
Life by the sea
Delve into the world of mangroves. Wander through hidden trails to put the floral and faunal inhabitants of the intertidal zone under the microscope and explore how they have adapted to this unique environment.
What makes up a healthy creek? This half-day program gets the students’ hands wet as they dip net for water invertebrates, survey creek vegetation, test for water quality and discover the animals that live in our reserves.
A full-day version of the program consists of a morning and afternoon lesson, each two hours in duration. Students learn how to protect their waterways from backyard to the bay. They undertake waterway health assessments to investigate waterway health and connectivity from the top of a catchment to the bay.
Habitats are homes
We use role-play games and a guided walk to help students understand how habitats work and how all living things are inter-connected, limited by the same factors needed for survival.
Go on a guided walk deep into a mangrove habitat. The Tabbil-ban dhagun (place of salt water) boardwalk leads us into the realm of this marvelously adaptive and important vegetation type. Students will discover how mangroves work and their importance to not only the things that live within them, but to all of us.
Wings of the world
Learn about the marathon flights of migratory birds that travel all the way from the Arctic every year. Students experience an interactive presentation making use of traditional Japanese story telling techniques, multi-media, guided walks and much more.
Creek catchment assessment
During this half-day lesson, students learn about creek catchment environments and compare the health of two separate sites. Students will gain a practical understanding of how human activity can impact on water quality and biodiversity. Students assess water quality (including phosphates, nitrates and dissolved oxygen) and riparian vegetation to measure waterway health.
A full-day program is also available which will assess sites of your choice along a creek catchment.
Creek catchment assessment - Canoe option
This 3-hour version of the lesson utilising Council’s canoes takes students into the heart of a creek system. Students learn about creek catchment environments and compare the health of two separate sites. Students will gain a practical understanding of how human activity can impact on water quality and biodiversity. Students assess water quality (including phosphates, nitrates and dissolved oxygen) and riparian vegetation to measure waterway health.
This lesson is tide dependent. An Environmental Education Officer will contact you to discuss a suitable lesson time on your preferred date.
Students discover what a wetland is and explore the functions and diversity of the wetland types in the reserve. Students identify threats to wetlands and, using ecological health surveys, determine which threats impact Boondall Wetlands.