Outdoor Education is about adventure, knowledge, skill training, excitement, perseverance, commitment, self-satisfaction, awareness, trepidation and of course fun.
It has much to do with freedom and responsibility.
Specific themes are explored in each year level. However, Outdoor Education is multi-disciplinary, containing elements of History, Geography, Science, Mathematics, English, Art and Personal Development intertwined in a maze of emotions and experiences.
Alligator Creek is an introduction to camping for many children. It's not quite a bush camp as the Rangers water the grass regularly but this brings in wildlife from everywhere - wallabies, rat kangaroos, brushtail possums, bandicoots, bush turkeys, goannas and wolf spiders. (2 days)
Visit a freshwater "classroom" at Paradise Waterhole on Big Crystal Creek. An ideal site to practice camping skills without removing all the town comforts of showers and toilets. Learn from the Ranger about National Parks, go spotlighting, dam the creek, try the rock slides and cook damper over hot coals at the beach. (3 days)
Face a golden future. Where else can you visit one of the most modern gold mines operating in Queensland today and view the relics and mine shafts, buildings and methods of the pioneers, but at Ravenswood? An introduction to ghost towns, gold panning and the delights of exploring a dry creek bed.Inland Australia at its most fascinating. (4 days)
Visit the dramatic site of Wallaman Falls. Follow the long trail to the foot of the falls, visit volcanic Mt Fox, lilo through platypus territory and, for the first time, try building a bivouac "home". (4 days)
A tour embark on an Outdoor Education trip with a difference, bound for the nation's capital - Canberra. This tour is a part of their History studies to develop a deeper understanding of how Australia is governed, The students participate in tours of both the Old and New Parliament houses, a variety of local attractions and museums such as the Australian Institute of Sport, The National Museum, The Australian War Memorial and Questacon. (6 days)
Danish educator Hahn came up with the 10 Expeditionary Learning Skills in the first half of the 20th century. ‘Primacy of Self Discovery’ relates closely to the Outdoor Education program.
Primacy of self-discovery
Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the requisite support. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. In expeditionary learning schools, students undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement. A teacher's primary task is to help students overcome their fears and discover they can do more than they think they can.