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Giidany Miirlarl: A special site
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), 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 your Aboriginal guide on Muttonbird Island for Giidany Miirlarl, a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) science excursion. Students will discover the cultural significance of this special place, meaning ‘moon sacred place’ in local Gumbaynggirr language.
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An Aboriginal guide will lead students around this important seabird habitat, sharing stories of Gumbaynggirr People and their connection to Country here.
Together we’ll examine the characteristics and fascinating life cycle of wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds). Students will use their scientific skills of enquiry to examine their environment and its inhabitants. They’ll foster an understanding of this unique coastal ecosystem in action.
This scientific approach is enriched through traditional Dreamtime stories that lend another deeper layer of meaning and cultural understanding.
This excursion is designed to support the K-6 science and technology syllabus topic The Living World.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
|Learning area||Science and Technology|
ST3-1WS-S. Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions
ST3-2DP-T. Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
ST3-4LW-S. Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things
ST3-5LW-T. Explains how food and fibre are produced sustainably in managed environments for health and nutrition
- 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.