Giidany Miirlarl: A special site
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
An NPWS Aboriginal guide will lead students on a cultural journey on Muttonbird Island in this Stage 2 Geography excursion. Students will learn about Giidany Miirlarl, meaning ‘moon sacred place’ in local Gumbaynggirr language.
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Students will journey through time with their own Gumbaynggirr guide. Through Dreamtime stories, the guide will explain the traditional use of the island’s muttonbird rookery as an important food source.
Together we’ll explore the deep Gumbaynggirr connection to Country and to the plants, wildlife and birds that call this island home.
Students will examine geographical concepts of place, environment and interconnection, along with sustainable land management.
This excursion is designed to support the Geography syllabus’ Earth’s Environment topic.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments
GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact
GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments
GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry
- Guided. Available on request.
$260 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- The outdoor learning centre, located at the base of Muttonbird Island.
- No. Equipment not required.
- 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-2-geography-giidany-miirlarl-special-site-muttonbird-island-nature-reserve/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - North Coast
- 02 6657 5935
- 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 Giidany Miirlarl: A special site.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
- Cultural talk at learning centre
- 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 long pants, closed, comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Remember to bring extra food and water, and any necessary medications. Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.
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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 - medium
The outdoor learning centre is wheelchair accessible. The Muttonbird Island walking track includes sections of steps, a narrow path and steep gradients. It is not considered wheelchair accessible.