Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre

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Early Stage 1 - Stage 1

The following is an overview Forest Friends Picnic, Wet Dry Environments and Insect Day.  

students holding bird nests

Forest Friends Picnic     

Site: Rocky Creek Dam

Come on a picnic to Rocky Creek Dam with all the local animals and bring your Australian Animal toy for the day. Discover the requirements of animals that live in the forest; use your five senses; play environmental games and enjoy a sensory bush walk.

Stage 1

Need For Shelter                    

Site: Dorroughby EEC

Investigate animal and people shelters (past and present). Join in on a habitat walk searching for shelters using treasure hunt cards and discover how to increase native habitat animals. Investigate your shelter (house) and explore energy saving strategies from our sustainability trailer. The last part of the day will provide an opportunity for everybody to make their model shelter.

Wet and Dry Environments        

Site: Dorroughby EEC

Discover the characteristics of a wet and a dry environment.  Use dip nets to search for invertebrates in Dudgeon's dam and test the water to ensure it's healthy for plants and animals. Use binoculars to search for water birds and spot the platypus that lives at the dam.  Compare your findings with the invertebrates that live in our habitat area and use a microscope to see them up close.  Collate your thoughts in a natural collage of your favourite environment.


After our Dudgeon's Dam study we will organise a bus to Rocky Creek Dam for a bushwalk through the Rainforest and along the dam wall.

Science - Insect Day                    

Site: Dorroughby EEC or Your School  

Students investigate the importance of invertebrates;  meet a phasmid; invent an insect; use microscopes and observe insect habitats; use an iPad to  create a stop-motion video and make bug snacks


ES1-Stage1 Day Prog Brochure (PDF 527KB)

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