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Students discover the magic of Maria Island

05/05/2017

Tasmanian students have the opportunity to discover the rich heritage and experience native wildlife at a new Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) School Discovery Camp on Maria Island.


PWS Discovery Camp program coordinator Ingrid Albion said the new program provides a unique opportunity for teachers and students to immerse themselves in the natural world of Maria Island National Park.


"Our camps offer hands-on experiences during a three day, two night adventures," Ms Albion said.


"This program reinvigorates what was for many Tasmanians, a memorable part of their childhood - a Maria Island school camp. The aim is to connect Tasmanian school children with nature, while experiencing the magic that is Maria Island National Park.


"Maria Island is a great venue for school camps, providing students the opportunity to learn about geology by visiting geological features such as the Fossil Cliffs and to see wildlife such as the endangered Tasmanian devil, along with wombats, Forester kangaroos and Cape Barren geese.


"Our highly skilled Discovery Rangers deliver a curriculum-based environmental science and history program that enhances classroom-based learning."


Activities include rock pool rambles, nocturnal spotlights, whale rescue, devil discovery, an interactive quiz night and bush trails.


Students also learn about looking after the environment and sustainability as they have to bring everything the need for the camp with them, so they learn about packaging, its impact on the environment, and how to minimise it.


Maria Island School Discovery Camps are suitable for Years 3 to 10 and programs can be tailored to meet specific requirements. For further information and bookings, email parkseducation@parks.tas.gov.au.