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Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Telephone02 9542 1951

On-demand sessions

Book a live session for your class, stage or school. Our Department of Education teachers will run a free, interactive session for your students. Choose from a range of topics or contact us to discuss how we can address your needs.

During learning from home all of these sessions are free for Department of Education schools. Non-government schools please contact us for a quote.

If you would like to book one of our on-demand sessions, please:

Primary school sessions

Teddy bears picnic

Science and technology (STe-3LW-ST)

30 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Celebrate the year with a teddy bears picnic! Students join our interactive session with their teddy bears (or other furry friends) to learn about what all living things need to survive. They'll listen to a story, observe some preserved animals, and participate in interactive activities. After the session, enjoy a teddy bears picnic on your school grounds.


Science and technology (STe-3LW-ST, ST1-4LW-S)

30 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Explore the wonders of worms through the text 'Worms: the Mechanics of Organics' by Kellie Bollard. Examine the amazing world of worms in the garden, in compost and in worm farms. What are the main features of worms? What role do worms play in recycling our waste? Find out the answers to these questions and more.

Rain Fish

Science and technology (STe-4MW-ST, ST1-7MW-T)

Creative Arts (CA-VAES1.1, CA-VAS1.1)

30 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Students listen to the book 'Rain Fish' by Lois Ehlert and get inspired to create collages using recycled or waste materials found around their home or school. Students reflect on the impact of litter and how we can help reduce litter reaching our oceans.


Science and technology (Ste-4MW-ST, ST1-6MW-S)

30 minutes, M Tu Th F

Students are read the book 'In the Bin' by Kellie Bollard. Through this fun, rhyming story, students learn about about domestic bins, recycling, worms, compost and rubbish. Students will be engaged through song, the text and interaction around recycling.

Features of places

Geography (GE1-1, GE1-2)

40-45 minutes, M Tu Th F

Take a tour of Bally's Patch to uncover its natural and human features. Why are these features there? How can we care for them? Learn how to make a map using loose parts, such as bark, twigs and leaves.

Life stages

Science and technology (ST1-4LW-S)

30 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Explore the features of plants and animals and how they change as they grow. Observe features magnified under our digital microscope. We provide a post-session activity to inspire students to explore their natural world and photograph life stages of plants and animals.

Past in the present

History (HT1-2, HT1-4)

60 minutes, Tu, 10:00, 11:30, 1:30

Bookings available through DART Learning.

Join us for an interactive session as we take a step back in time and look at the Audley Valley in the Royal National Park. Students will be engaged in experiences that allow them to apply history skills, observe a range of sources about the past, and participate in music and dance of a typically early Australian settler flavour.

Amazing invertebrates

Science and technology (ST2-4LW-S)

45 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Get up close with invertebrates under our digital microscope. Observe their features and consider how to group or classify them. Students will communicate their knowledge of invertebrates and their features through scientific drawing and models.

Bundeena is a Wild Place

Geography (GE2-1)

Science and technology (ST2-4LW-S)

30 minutes, M Tu Th F

Bundeena, Boomberah in Dharawal, means place of thunder. Come and discover the incredible diversity of life in this area of the National Park through the text 'Bundeena is a Wild Place' by Leily Da Silva. Students compare and contrast this environment to their home or community, while developing language to describe their own wild places.

Life cycles

Science and technology (ST2-4LW-S)

30 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Explore the life cycles of a variety of living things. Consider similarities and differences in life cycles. Classify flowering plants based on their pollinators and methods of seed dispersal. Observe features of flowers and seed pods up close under our digital microscope. Students can use our post-session resource to photograph life stages of plants and animals and create life cycle diagrams.

Nature photography

Creative Arts - Visual Arts (CA-VAS2.1, CA-VAS3.1)

30 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Students learn photography theory and tips and tricks to improve photos taken on everyday devices. They get inspired to capture nature around their home or in local parks. After the session they can participate in a nature photography photo hunt or join our photo a day challenge. In an optional follow-up lesson we can faciliate sharing of everyone's fave five photos.

Amazing adaptations

Science and technology (ST3-4LW-S)

45 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Students observe physical features and behaviours of plants and animals that help them survive in their environment. We engage students in a range of activities to explore the adaptations of native animals and plants, including observing features under a digital microscope.

Ephemeral art

Creative Arts - Visual Arts

30 minutes, M Tu W Th F

Students learn about what ephemeral art means and represents. They consider how elements of art can be used to create 2D or 3D ephemeral art. We aim to provoke wonder, curiosity and joy in the marvels of the natural world by seeing natural objects arranged in a new way. We hope your students will be inspired to create ephermeral art after the session. They are encouraged to photograph and share through our Interacting with nature gallery.

Nature journaling

Creative Arts - Visual Arts, Science and technology, Geography

30-60 minutes, M Tu W

Capture nature by drawing along live with our teacher. Students learn about using nature journaling to record observations and questions about the natural world. Choose the best subject for your class, such as leaves, trees, flowers or animals. While only paper and pencil is required, we'll demonstrate how to experiment with different materials including ochre, charcoal, watercolour and collage. Our nature journaling resource provides additonal activities and an opportunity for students to share their work in our gallery.