Environment Centres' School Learning Program

Brisbane City Council's Environment Centres offer a unique learning experience to teach students about bushland, wetland habitats and waterways. Our lessons work to deepen students' understanding of the environment to facilitate behaviour change. This is part of our commitment to making our city liveable and sustainable for our children and their children to follow.

The personal safety of Brisbane residents and visitors is our top priority.  In accordance with advice from Education Queensland, the Environment Centres' School Learning Program is temporarily suspended for the remainder of Semester 1, 2020. Tentative bookings can be made for Semester 2, 2020 onwards, however, recommencement of the program will be dependent on further direction from Education Queensland.

Note - as bookings are not paid until after an excursion is held, there is no financial commitment to make a tentative booking.

Check our Coronavirus: Council updates and impacts page for the latest updates. 

The curriculum-based school learning programs are designed to cater for all grades from prep through to Year 12 and university bridging courses.

The lessons are held at Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre and Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre. Some lessons can also be run as an extension activity either at your school or at a local reserve, parkland or waterway near your school.

Our education officers use role-play, games, art and guided walks to facilitate a wider understanding of Brisbane's biodiversity and waterways. The interactive lessons cover a variety of topics to make your school community more clean, green and sustainable including:

  • biodiversity and ecosystems
  • waterway health and catchments
  • conservation and reserve management
  • history and indigenous culture
  • life cycles, food webs, living things and their needs.

To obtain a copy of the Environment Centres' School Learning Program, including lesson details and costs, download the:

Book online

If you would like to make a booking, complete the schools booking and enquiry form.

10 free 'Wings of the World' lessons are currently available. Phone Council's environment centres on 07 3407 2400 or email the Enviroment Centres Schools Program team.

12 free 'Future BNE' lessons are currently available. Please complete the schools booking and enquiry form, and choose Future BNE from the dropdown menu.

Our online school lessons

Watch two of our online school lessons below. If you'd like to access more online lessons (there's seven in total), view our Environment centres: School lessons playlist on Council's YouTube channel.

Mangrove adaptations

This lesson is nearly 8 minutes long. Read the transcript for this session.

Habitats are home (bushland)

This video is 8 minutes long. Read the transcript for this lesson.

More information

If you require any further information, including a list of programs and how they link to the Australian curriculum:

After making a booking, teachers will be sent a resource kit, including:

  • pre and post classroom activities
  • learning resources
  • excursion information.
Last updated:27 July 2020