School Program

Osprey House is an educational and environmental facility situated amongst the mangroves of Dohles Rocks in Hay’s Inlet. The centre has several established education programs that have been designed to accommodate all year levels and involve a number of different activities.

Osprey House’s education programs are provided by Moreton Bay Regional Council. The length of the program can be tailored to suit the needs of the group - full and half days are most common. Trained Osprey House volunteers and council education officers present the activities.

Insect repellent, hats, and sunscreen are important when visiting Osprey House as many of the activities are held outside and mosquitoes can be present. Toilets, a picnic area and BBQ facilities are available along with a large bus parking and turning area.

Bookings are essential for an excursion to Osprey House Environmental Centre and can be made for any Tuesday or Wednesday during school hours.Some activities will incur a cost for facilitators (as listed). Phone the co-ordinator on 0417 627 039 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Click here to go to the full Teachers Guide to all programs.


New Program for Grades 10, 11 & 12 only;

"Environmental Adventures - Wetland Interpretation Studies"

Students are offered the opportunity to see the Declared Fish Habitat areas and Wetlands of Moreton Bay Marine Park by canoe from the Pine River. Click here for more details.


“Living with the Environment Activities” include:

Web of Life Poster

The Living Mangrove and Web of Life: This is a guided walk along the boardwalk that discusses the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and what lives amongst the trees and mud.

Catchment Poster

Catchment Story and Water Pollution Presentation: This presentation is a dramatic and fun demonstration of the impact of pollution in our local waterways and can lead to a discussion on how to reduce or prevent certain types of pollution occurring.

Dugong

Where have the Dugongs gone? This presentation aims to extend the students' knowledge of marine mammals and the dangers facing dugong populations in our waterways

Birdwatching

Bird Watching & Identification: A guided discussion on the unique bird life of the Dohles Rocks wetlands. Students will have the opportunity to view birds through telescopes and binoculars.

Plaque Rubbing

"Yali Moyum" Interpretative Plaques - Aboriginal Art: A number of embossed plaques located along the boardwalk illustrate how the Aboriginal tribes of the region used the surroundings to eat, hunt and make shelter. Students are able to create copies of these artworks with paper and crayons and gain a stronger understanding of the Aboriginal people’s interaction with the natural environment..

Litter Survey

Litter Surveys: Evidence of human impact is everywhere. Students are taken on a walk above the high tide line to investigate what ‘evidence’ has finished up in the mudflats and to give consideration to what damage this may cause to the local area.

Endangered Species

Endangered Species: Wildlife species are under incredible pressure due to the activities of mankind. Students will identify issues that affect Koalas, dugong, platypus or the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and gain an understanding of the issues that face these fauna species and what can be done so they are not lost to our local area.

Turtle with poly-bag Threats to Our Oceans: This module is targeted at Prep toYear 3 students who gain a stronger understanding of the threats which face our marine life. Students create a 3D artwork each to strengthen their learning outcomes.
The Insect World

The Insect World: Presented by Bugs Ed – Cost $5 per student. Learn about the fascinating hidden world of insects and mini-beasts. Examine beautiful and bizarre specimens of insects, spiders, scorpions and other creepy crawlies from around the world. Then get up close and personal with some unique live Australian insects, such as giant stick insects, cool caterpillars and the fearsome preying mantis.

Wildlife Presentation

Wild about Wildlife: Presented by Gecko Wildlife Presentations – Cost $5 per student. This experience stimulates children’s senses with a close-up and tactile encounter. We give the children the opportunity to touch animals wherever possible. Presentations are tailored to your needs and complement the Education Queensland curricula for Science - Life and Living Strand.


"Investigating Sustainability Activities" include:

Solar Energy

Renewable Energy: Our gift from the sun.

Water

Water: A limited resource.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: What goes around comes back around.

Native Plants

Native Plants: Why we need them.

Worm Farm / Composting

Worm Farm / Composting: Turning waste into a resource.