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Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

Maintaining vigilance with campfires

03/11/2017

Parks and Wildlife Service staff have thanked the many campers who have heeded the restrictions placed on campfires and pot fires, but ask that park and reserve visitors continue to take care while the fire risk remains high in certain areas of the State.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