Muttonbirds by moonlight
Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Geography, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
Muttonbirds by moonlight is a Stage 6 (Years 11-12) school excursion at Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, which covers geography as a KLA. Experience a guided walk across the island as evening falls, to observe the daily return of thousands of wedge-tail shearwaters (muttonbirds) to their nesting burrows, where hungry partners or chicks await.
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Students learn about the ecology of this far-travelling sea bird and identify issues that place this ecosystem at risk. This is a very significant cultural site for the Gumbaynggirr People and students will gain unique insights into the cultural connections between the island, its nesting birds and Aboriginal culture.
Geography: Ecosystems at Risk.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 6 (Years 11-12)|
|Key learning area||Geography|
By arrangement. Only available between August and April when the shearwaters are present on the island.
- Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
- 1hr 30min
$265 per group (includes GST). Maximum 20 students per group. For groups over 20 conditions apply.
- 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-6-geography-muttonbirds-by-moonlight-muttonbird-island-nature-reserve/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 Muttonbirds by moonlight.
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 - medium
Paved pathway with some steep sections not suitable for wheelchairs. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.