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Giidany Miirlarl: A special site

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Science and Technology, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

Overview

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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)
Key learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

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

Objectives

Students will:

  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Learn from a local Gumbaynggirr Person
  • Visit an active nesting rookery for wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds)
  • Use scientific methods of enquiry to learn more about the unique adaptations of these birds. Discuss the demands their breeding cycle places on them.
  • Listen to Gumbaynggirr Dreamtime stories that provide deeper context to the role of this important nesting colony
  • Examine the local environment at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve and learn what’s involved in its preservation and sustainable management
  • Investigate the deep connections that the Gumbaynggirr People have to the land, sea and animals of this place.

Excursion details

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Duration
2hrs
Grading
Medium
Price

$235 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
The outdoor learning centre, located at the base of Muttonbird Island.
Booking
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.
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  • School excursion inquiries - North Coast
  • 02 6657 2309
  • 02 6657 2145

Park info

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Maps and downloads

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia