Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre

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The following is an overview of the Sustainable world,  Insect Day, Dorrough Bugs, Platupus Observation, Aboriginal culture day and more.

students participating on coastal studies

Science-Sustainable World  

Site: Dorroughby EEC

Students investigate the impact of climate change and take part in a food kms activity-creating their own    environmentally responsible pizza. Tour a no-dig    garden and participate in planting and harvesting of vegetables. Screen print a reusable shopping bag.

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.

Science-Dorrough Bugs              

Site:Dorroughby EEC

Become an entomologist for a day and find out why bugs are important using an interactive story threads concept. Immerse yourself in role play that begins before you arrive with an invitation to an entomologists' conference and continues after you leave with a post conference report. 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.

Science- Platupus Observation  

Site: Dorroughby EEC

Students visit neighbouring dam and learn about platypodes.


Site: Rocky Creek Dam

Students use basic geographer's tools, such as maps, compasses and aerial photos to learn about a specific site. They investigate and create their own maps from natural objects.

Aboriginal Culture Day                 

Site: Dorroughby EEC

Students learn about local Bundjalung culture through use of yarning circles, artifacts, ochre painting,        Indigenous plant walk and creating their own bushtucker lunch.

Leadership Survival Walk            

Site: Rocky Creek Dam

Students participate in a guided walk at Rocky Creek Dam learning survival skills and identifying  medicinal / bushtucker plants. Employ basic orienteering and bush survival skills with an iBook. Consider the human impacts as the team walks through the water catchment area .


Use iPads to create your own David Attenborough style documentary in a natural environment. Full training.

Coastal Studies                            

Site:Flat rock Ballina or Woody Head, Iluka

Investigate the coastal environment and learn how to conserve and protect coastal plants and animals. Use scientific investigations to answer questions such as ‘where does sand come from?' and ‘how do plants survive on our hot sand dunes?' Use binoculars to identify shore birds and discover the secrets of rock platform life. Learn about marine debris through the story of Shelly and Russell - clean up marine debris.

Upon request we can also organise for your students to be involved in helping Dune Care rehabilitate the dune.

History-Time and Change          

Site: Dorroughby EEC

The emphasis will be on the 1880s-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 butter-making, role play, old schoolhouse etc.

A second day can be included where students meet an archaeologist, examine artifacts, take part in an actual dig and draw conclusions of bygone ways of life through analysis of finds.

There is an extra cost of $20 per student for the second day (Hire of Archaeologist) and needs a minimum of 20 students.

National Parks                              

Sites: Nightcap Ranges National Park, Cape Byron Marine Park or Bundjalung National Park 

Become a ranger for a day and learn about managing one our World Heritage National Parks. Investigate plants and animals using field guides and binoculars and enjoy a bush walk to discover the Parks' natural beauties.

Dairy Visit                                      

Site: Dorroughby EEC

If you are staying overnight or have the ability to stay later we can organise a visit to the Dairy Farm on the property next door. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how the cows are milked and find out how a dairy works. Students have the chance to question  a real life farmer.

Note: Only available at 3pm (milking time)


Stage 2-3 Day Prog Brochure (PDF 483KB)

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