Environmental Centres - The Department has 25 Zoo and Environmental Education Centres located around NSW. They provide various programs to visiting school groups depending on the unique features of their location. Programs offered are linked to NSW syllabus documents and stage groups. Pre- and -post excursion support materials are provided. The teachers from the Centres can also work in schools to support school-based environment programs.
Stage 3 - Watch Our Watts is an incursion program that involves one Stage 3 class using a project learning model to investigate and raise awareness about energy consumption. The Stage 3 class works with the whole school community to design and deliver a school energy efficiency plan.
Stage 3 - The Rocks – Colonial, People, Places and Events This program takes the form of a fun and engaging ‘Amazing Race’ style mystery hunt around The Rocks. Students will work in supervised teams and use ipads and QR codes to solve clues and discover information about people, places and events that shaped The Rocks, and Australia’s identity, during the colonial (19th Century) and modern (20th Century) periods.
Stage 2 - Creature Feature is an incursion program delivered in your school and focused on protecting marine environments. Students will be engaged in creative arts and multi media production to communicate messages about understanding and protecting marine ecosystems. Available to: all Primary Schools within approx 40 km driving distance from the Centre.
Stage 2 The Rocks – Contact, Community and Change, supports the HSIE K-6 Syllabus and the K-10 History Syllabus. Students will explore the themes of contact, community and change in The Rocks and visit four sites that will be used to focus on the lives of four children living in different time periods in the Rocks; pre European contact, the convict period, circa 1900 and the present.
Stage ES1 – 1 ‘Caring for Critters’ is a one-day Science and Technology and Environmental Education program focusing on the needs of living things. Students will learn about the needs of living things, (particularly animals living in urban and suburban areas), and participate in a range of science and creative arts based activities focused on these animals.
Stage ES1 – 1 - Bush Christmas is an incursion program that combines story, song and craft to introduce students to Australian animals and their habitats. Students will take part in an interactive Christmas story, learn about the needs of living things in a range of situations and create their own wrapping paper and Christmas present using craft materials. Each class also will receive native plants to help improve biodiversity in their school grounds.
Stage ES1 – 1 - Taking Care of Our Place is an incursion program delivered in your school. Due to the program’s flexible nature, up to six classes to be catered for on the one day. The program promotes a caring attitude towards the environment and emphasises ways that students can contribute to environmental quality at home, and at school, by undertaking simple actions that reduce their impact on the environment.