Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre

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Coastal Studies

Looking for sea animals

Offsite at Flatrock, Ballina

Students visit Angel Beach in Ballina to investigate the tides and examine the rock platforms. Students learn about our amazing migratory birds and us binoculars to identify species. We learn about Russell and Shelley and as custodians, conduct a marine debris clean up.

  • STe-1WS-S  ST1-1WS-S  ST2-1WS-S
  • STe-3LW-ST  ST1-4LW-S  ST2-5LW-T 
  • STe-6ES-S  ST-10ES-S  ST2-10ES-S
  • STe-2DP-T  ST1-2DP-T  ST2-DP-T
  • GEe-1  GE1-1
  • GE1-2  GE2-1  GE2-2
  • VAES1.1  VAS1.1  VAS2.1 



Who Loves Invertebrates?

Using binoculars to look for platypus

Students focus on terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and their roles in Earth's ecosystems. They learn about the wonderful platypodes and then visit the nearby dam with binoculars to observe these amazing monotremes.  Here we use scientific enquiry methods to conduct water quality testing; identifying macroinvertevrates  and using this data to assess the water quality. Students will study invertebrates under the microscope and make a stop motion production on iPads  consolidating the day's learning.

  • ST2-1WS-S
  • ST2-4LW-S
  • ST2-5LW-T
  • ST2-11DI-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2
  • VAS2.1 



Dorrough Bugs

Science in lab

Students become an entomologist for a day and find out why bugs are important using an interactive story threads concept. Immerse students in role play that begins before they arrive with an invitation to an entomologists' conference. Catch and classify bugs in the field and view them under our microscopes. Students are then asked to provide constructed argument for conserving bugs in our environment  and use these in a drama role with a villain that is determined to destroy all the bugs in Dorroughby.

  • ST2-4LW-S
  • ST2-1WS-S
  • ST2-11DI-T
  • GE2-1 GE2-2
  • VAS2.1
  • DRAS2.1


Sustainable Living

Earth with arrows

Students investigate the impact of climate change and do activities with our energy trailer. Students then take part in a food kms activity-creating their own environmentally responsible pizza and tour the bush tucker garden, and the centre's veggie garden. The day can end with either a carbon footprint activity or a designing a sustainable house.


  • ST2-1 WS-S  ST3-1WS-S
  • ST2-10ES-S  ST3-10ES-S
  • ST2-8PW-ST  ST3-8PW-ST
  • ST2-5LW-T  ST3-5LW-T
  • ST2-2DP-T  ST3-2DP-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3


Cat on the Island

Cat on a branch

Using as stimulus the book Cat on the Island (Author - Gary Drew; Illustrator - Gillian Warden)  students explore human impact on the small NZ island, Stephens Island.  Students discuss environmental literacy and the story from a conservation point of view.  Students then decide on which key  points of the book to dramatise, create a script based on the conservation messages of the book, create props, and present/film the play. 

  • ST1-2DP-T  ST2-2DP-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3  GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3
  • VAS2.1  VAS3.1 
  • DRAS2.1  DRAS2.2  DRAS2.3
  • DRAS3.1  DRAS3.2  DRAS3.3 


Time and Change

The emphasis of this day is on the 1870s-way of life of the Cedar Getters and their families; how this changed the Bundjalung Nation's lives and the impact it had on Country. Students will be taken back to a bygone era to take part in activities like colonial games, butter-making, role play, old schoolhouse etc.


Colonial games can be replaced by an archaeological dig where students examine artefacts, take part in an actual dig and draw conclusions of bygone ways of life through analysis of finds.

  • HT2-2  HT2-5
  • HT3-1  HT3-2  HT3-5
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3 



Soil Rocks

Student painting with soil paints

Students learn about the origins, properties of, and functions of the soil beneath our feet. They learn methods of classifying soil types and take part in a scientific investigation focusing on erosion. They then create a soil crayon and use this and soil watercolours to create art.

  • ST2-1WS-S  ST3-1WS-S
  • ST2-10ES-S  ST3-10ES-S
  • GE2-1  GE3-1
  • VAS2.2  VAS3.2 



Guardians of the Squirrel Glider

Squirrel eating flowers

Students learn about the Squirrel Gliders - their habitats; diet; predators; prey; and how we can, and why we should be, guardians to all native animals. Student take part in a Biodiversity Audit of their school grounds, and learn about nest boxes. Students then develop a student led action plan based on the learning that has taken place.

  • ST2-1WS-S  ST3-1WS-S  ST2-4LW-S
  • ST3-4LW-S  ST2-2DP-T  ST3-2DP-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3 
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3


Let's Investigate H20

Students spend the day exploring the properties of water, its importance to all living creatures, and how to care for our waterways. Students investigate water quality through scientific processes at the local dam, take part in student-led authentic investigations with sophisticated equipment in the DEEC Water Lab and create a filter to solve a water pollution problem.


  • ST-21WS-S  ST3-1WS-S
  • ST2-6MW-S  ST2-7MW-T 
  • ST3-6MW-S  ST3-7MW-T
  • ST2-2DP-T  ST2-3DP-T
  • ST3-2DP-T  ST3-3DP-T
  • ST2-4LW-S  ST2-5LW-T 
  • ST2-11DI-T  ST3-11DI-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3 



National Parks - Waterfalls and Forests

Students become a ranger for a day and learn about managing one our World Heritage National Parks - Night Cap National Park. Students learn about how the area was formed, investigate plants and animals using field guides and binoculars, and enjoy a bush walk to discover the Parks' natural beauties, including the magnificent Minyon  (Waterfall).


  • ST2-1WS-S  ST3-1WS-S
  • ST2-4LW-S  ST25LW-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3 



Our Ancient Land

Students learn about local Bundjalung culture through culturally appropriate use of yarning circles, artefacts, ochre painting, bush tucker plant walk. The day culminates in creating and eating a meal using bush tucker ingredients.


  • ST2-5LW-T  ST3-5LW-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3  




SEMP Building

Students take part in an Environmental workshop - outlining the causes and effects of greenhouse gases on our Earth and the basis of Climate Change. Energy, Water, Biodiversity and Waste audits are conducted within the school grounds and then students lead then create of a School Environmental Management Plan specific to the school's identified need for action.


DEEC  staff  will come to your school and perform this incursion for up to 30 students FREE  of  charge.


  • ST2-1WS-S  ST3-1WS-S
  • ST1-3DP-T  ST2-3DP-T
  • ST25LW-T  ST3-5LW-T  ST2-8PW-ST
  • ST2-10ES-S  ST3-10ES-S
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3 



Kids verses Wild

Students investigate what humans need to survive, how to take care of themselves in the bush etc. Students create an iPad movie on bush survival. In teams students use a map to navigate their way across country. Emphasis on Bundjalung use of plants for medicine, food and tools; and building teamwork and leadership skills.

(This day is often used as part of a 2-3 day camp)

  • ST2-4LW-S  ST3-4LW-S 
  • ST2-5LW-T  ST3-5LW-T
  • GE2-1  GE2-2  GE2-3
  • GE3-1  GE3-2  GE3-3 






Mindfulness & Wellbeing in Nature

Students laying in a circle

This program explores our connection to nature through mindfulness with guided activities that connect us to nature and regenerate our minds. Students will go on a mindfulness journey in the forest, learn the processes of nature journaling, techniques for well being, and how to be as calm, grounded and resilient as trees.

  • GE2-1  GE2-2
  • GE3-1  GE3-2 
  • PD2-6  PD2-8  
  • PS3-6  PD3-8  PD3-9  PD3-10

Buzzy Bees

Logs with bees engraved on them

Get busy with bees, with a focus on native Australian bees. Investigate bee activity and habitat outside; learn about the fabulous diversity of bees, their biology and connections with humans; look at bee products and create a pollinator patch or bee hotel.

  • STe-1WS-S, ST1-1WS-S
  • STe-2DP-T, ST1-2DP-T, ST2-2DP-T, 
  • STe-3LW-S, ST1-4LW-S, ST2-5LW-T, ST1-5LW-T 
  • ST1-6MW-S, STe-6ES-S
  • GE1-2, GE2-1

Cross curriculum subjects of Sustainable Education and Aboriginal Education are also a focus on the day.

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