The rookery roundabout at Muttonbird Island
Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Explore Muttonbird Island on The rookery roundabout, a Stage 1 (Years 1-2) science and technology excursion. Students will see an active nesting rookery for thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds) and learn about their fascinating lifecycle.
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These birds are renowned for their annual migration, travelling halfway around the world to breed. We’ll discuss this incredible feat and the unique adaptations that support their journey across the open sea.
Students will explore the geographical features and characteristics of Muttonbird Island. We’ll discuss how the nature reserve preserves this important breeding ground, and how this environment has been managed over generations.
Students will learn about the traditional Gumbaynggirr People and their deep connection to this Country. We’ll learn the words Giidany Miirlarl, meaning ‘moon sacred place’.
Students will come away with a renewed connection to the fascinating living world that surrounds them. This excursion is designed to support the K-6 Science and Technology syllabus’ Living World topic.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 1 (Years 1-2)|
|Key learning area||Science and Technology|
ST1-1WS-S. Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas and comparing what they and others know
ST1-4LW-S. Describes observable features of living things and their environments
ST1-5LW-T. Identifies how plants and animals are used for food and fibre products
- Guided. Available on request.
- Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
$235 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.
- No wheelchair access
- Meeting point
- The outdoor learning centre base of Muttonbird Island
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-1-science-technology-rookery-roundabout-muttonbird-island/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - North Coast
- 02 6657 2309
- 02 6657 2145
- in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about The rookery roundabout at Muttonbird Island.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
- Divide into groups (1–30)
- Walk the path across the island, various interpretation stops
- Examine the nesting rookery of muttonbirds and discuss their adaptations and unique breeding cycle
- Discuss the broader ecosystem and connection between all living things here
- Walk back to bus
What to bring
Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).
Maps and downloads
Risk assessment and risk benefits
Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.
We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.
Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.
Disability access level - no wheelchair access
The Muttonbird Island walking track includes sections of steps, a narrow path and steep gradients. It is not considered wheelchair accessible.