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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Maria Island Discovery Camps

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.

The camps offer hands-on experiences during a three day, two night adventures and aims 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 see our  Information for Teachers [PDF 127Kb] or email parkseducation@parks.tas.gov.au.

To make a booking, please use our booking sheet [Word Doc 147 KB] and return to parkseducation@parks.tas.gov.au