In Profile-Cultural awareness-competency programs, cultural educators and storytellers

Nearer to Nature Schools (Mundaring, Western Australia)

Near to Nature Schools looks at sustainability from an Aboriginal cultural perspective. Through hands-on experimental learning in the natural environment, activities are designed to build concepts, skills, values and the ability to make environmentally responsible decisions. A range of incursions and excursions for school groups are offered including:

  • Discover Day (suitable for all Year levels) - Big groups of up to 300 students can experience a range of aboriginal activities in a single day, choose your activities from our brochure and the day will be tailor made for your group.
  • Moodjitch Binar - nyorps and yorgas (suitable for Pre-primary to Year 3) - Engaging introduction to Noongar culture led by experienced Aboriginal leaders. Children learn through role play, totems, singing, dancing, face painting, hunting and gathering.
  • Koolangars Corroborees and kaleeps (suitable for Years 4 and 5) - Learn sustainable hunting and fishing methods, traditional language and ceremonies with Aboriginal leaders.
  • Six Season walkabout (suitable for Years 6 and 7) - Aboriginal role play exploring our six seasons and learning how to use the land sustainably.
  • Aboriginal cultural experience (suitable for Years 8 to 12) - Explore traditional practices of Aboriginal people, make traditional tools, discover the many uses of plants and animals, and discuss dreaming and totems.
  • Bush tucker (suitable for Years 5 to 11) - Learn about traditional nutrition, make and eat a damper and kangaroo taster platter while listening to dreamtime stories.
  • Eco Walks and Night Walks (suitable for Pre-primary to Year 12) - Explore the forest with an Aboriginal leader; see the bush through traditional eyes.

Name of people/language group: Noongar
Art subject areas/cultural expertise: Cross-curriculum, cultural awareness/competency, Elder, Traditional knowledge owner.
Suitability: varies depending on the activity.
Cost: Incursions and excursion prices on application as different venues incur different prices. All prices quoted will include GST.
Can you provide services in regional Western Australia: Yes.
Professional learning opportunities for teachers: Resources, worksheets, pre and post activities available for all Near to Nature Schools activities and emailed to the teacher at the time of booking.
Caters for children with disabilities: Yes.
Education resources provided: Yes.
Contact for bookings: Customer Service Officer - Perth Hills Discovery Centre, Department of Parks and Wildlife
Tel: +61 08 9295 6149
Email: n2n@dpaw.wa.gov.au
Web: www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/get-involved/nearer-to-nature or www.facebook.com/dpawn2n