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Campfire restrictions extended due to increasing fire risk

19/01/2018

In the interests of public safety, the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) has brought in extensive campfire restrictions as the fire risk continues to increase this summer.More

Improved toilet facilities at Bruny Island

16/01/2018

The Parks and Wildlife Service has completed work on a new toilet facility at the Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve.More

Further upgrade to South Coast Track

05/01/2018

The South Coast Track is one of Tasmania's great bushwalks, and the completion of recent upgrades has significantly improved the user experience along the track before the start of the peak walking season.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