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Giidany Miirlarl: A special site
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Science and Technology, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
School excursions in NSW national parks
We are currently taking bookings for school excursions. Not all excursions are being delivered as per the usual program due to rules outlined by NSW Health. Alternative learning options with NPWS include online digital resources or incursions delivered at your school. Please contact your National Parks education contact or the relevant local park office for more information.
Join us for a fascinating journey on Muttonbird Island, known as Giidany Miirlarl to the local Gumbaynggirr People. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) science and technology excursion is led by an NPWS Aboriginal guide.
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Muttonbird Island, or ‘moon special place’ as the Gumbaynggirr term translates, is home to a nesting rookery for muttonbirds. These birds are renowned for their annual migration; travelling halfway around the world to breed. Together we’ll discuss this incredible feat and the unique adaptations that support their journey across the open sea.
Our Aboriginal ranger will share Dreamtime stories revealing the muttonbirds’ lifecycle as a key support for the Gumbaynggirr People. Science and culture will merge to reveal a living world working in symphony and evolving sustainably.
Students will cultivate scientific skills of enquiry, investigation and communication. They’ll experience fascinating, real-world science with a traditional custodian as their guide.
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 2 (Years 3-4)|
|Learning area||Science and Technology|
ST2-1WS-S. Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations
ST2-2DP-T. Selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
ST2-4LW-S. Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things
ST2-5LW-T. Describes how agricultural processes are used to grow plants and raise animals for food, clothing and shelter
- Guided. Available on request.
- Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
$235 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.
- 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.
- 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.