COVID-19 update: Nearer to Nature excursions are now available for booking within the guidelines of each venue. Schools can also book incursions dependant on their school policies. We are planning to offer our usual range of Spring School Holiday activities. All Nearer to Nature activities have a Covid-19 Safety Plan.

As the situation changes we will keep you up-to-date with any changes to programming or other relevant information.

Excursions

Excursions (59)

Nearer to Nature excursions provide many opportunities for students of all ages to take part in nature-based learning. Use the Advanced Search below to filter results.




  • Aboriginal culture experience

    Aboriginal culture experience

    Discover indigenous sustainability techniques.

    Suitable for Years 7 to 10

    Year 7 to 10
  • Aboriginal Culture Experience

    Aboriginal Culture Experience

    Explore how the traditional practices of Indigenous Australians ensured the sustainable use of nature’s resources. Engage in tool-making practices and through a forest walk, discover many uses of plants and animals. The importance of totems in conserving species and sustainable management of the forest will also be discussed. Year 11 to 12
  • Animal encounters

    Animal encounters

    Students will get up close to some of our unique native fauna and learn about their special adaptataions to our harsh climate. 

    Suitable for years 1 to 12

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12 Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Aquatic ecosystems

    Aquatic ecosystems

    Investigate connections within a wetland ecosystem.

    Suitable for Geography (General Unit 1, ATAR Unit 3); Biology (ATAR Unit 1, General Unit 4); Integrated Science (ATAR Unit 2, General Units 1)

    Year 11 to 12
  • Back from the brink

    Back from the brink

    Investigate how introduced species have impacted on food webs and interaction within the forest.New Western Shield logo 100

    Suitable for years 7 and 9.

    Year 7 to 10
  • Biodiversity in the Bush

    Biodiversity in the Bush

    Plants and animals, animals need plants. But do they need humans? On this excursion students will explore through hands on activities and field visits the biodiversity of our forests, its inhabitants’ relationships and how humans are impacting and managing the forest ecosystems. Create your own excursion for a single class or up to a whole year level by choosing from these activities:

    • Measuring biodiversity
    • Animals in their habitats
    • Changing times, changing forests
    • Protecting our threatened fauna – Western Shield
    • Plant survival techniques
    • Animal evidence
    • Eco walk
    • Animal encounter
    Year 7 to 10
  • Biology

    Biology

    Understand the importance of biodiversity for a healthy ecosystem

    Suitable for Biology (ATAR Unit 1, General Unit 4); Integrated Science (ATAR Unit 2, General Units 1 & 3)

    Year 11 to 12
  • Bush Detectives

    Bush Detective

    Many of our native animals are very secretive and can be difficult to find! Students use puzzles and examples of animal evidence such as skulls, feathers and nests to investigate what lives in and around our bushland and wetland areas. Students apply their detective skills on a nature walk and record their observations.

    Year PP to 6
  • Bush tucker

    Bush tucker

    Enjoy a session with Aboriginal leaders - learn about traditional nutrition, then make and eat a damper and kangaroo supper while listening to Dreamtime stories. 

    Suitable for years 4 to 11.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12 Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Bushfire

    Bushfire

    Fire has been a natural part of the environment in south-west WA for millions of years. This excursion enables students to investigate a range of fire-related topics. How prepared are buildings for bushfire? What is a prescribed burn and how does it make the bush safer? What is in a Parks and Wildlife fire truck? How does the forest recover after a fire? You can create your own excursion for a single class or up to a whole year level by choosing from these activities:

    Year 7 to 10
  • Bushfire hazard

    Bushfire hazard

    Investigate the cause and effects of bushfires and how to prevent, mitigate and prepare for them.

    Suitable for Year 9

    Year 7 to 10
  • Busy in the forest

    Busy in the forest

    Explore the variety of life in the forest.

    Suitable for years PP to 1.

    Year PP to 6
  • Catchment carers' trail

    Catchment carers' trail

    Discover the threats which may impact on our drinking water catchments and how they are protected .Water Corp Logo 160

    Suitable for years 11 and 12.

    Year 11 to 12
  • Creepy crawlies in the Canning

    Creepy crawlies in the Canning

    Investigate what lives in the Canning River without even getting wet! Students access the riverbank to sample river life. The fascinating features of aquatic invertebrates are viewed using our ‘larger than life’ projector. Students also consider the importance of caring for our river system and what they can do to help. Year PP to 6 K-2
  • Dieback- bulldozing out biodiversity

    Dieback- bulldozing out biodiversity

    The arrival and spread of Phytophthora dieback disease in Western Australia has been catastrophic for a number of ecosystems. More than 50% of WA’s rare or endangered plants are susceptible, many of which are only found in the south-west.

    Year 11 to 12
  • Discovering the forest

    Discovering the forest

    Investigate the values of the forests in the south-west. An excursion that allows students to identify the values and uses of our jarrah forests.

    Suitable for years 4 to 6.

    Year PP to 6
  • Discovery days

    Discovery days

    Big groups of up to about 300 students can experience a range of short activities in a single day.

    Suitable for years PP to 12.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12
  • Djarlgarra Yarning

    Djarlgarra Yarning

    *This program is adapted to each year level based on WA Curriculum content.

    The Noongar people’s strong connection with the wetlands and rivers that flow across the Swan Coastal Plain forms the basis for much of their culture, spirituality, and identity. Hear from an experienced Noongar educator who demonstrates first-hand how the resources provided by the land and river were traditionally used and how the seasons dictated their availability and sustainable use. Students participate in a range of hands-on activities suited to age level.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12
  • Dolphin Defenders

    Dolphin Defenders

    Our rivers and estuaries are home to a diverse range of organisms, including our iconic dolphins. Students explore river food chains and consider the dolphin’s role in the ecosystem. By testing water quality and examining other elements of the environment, students assess if the river is a healthy environment for dolphins and consider how negative impacts can be minimised in the future.

    Year PP to 6
  • Doug the darter

    Doug the darter

    Suitable for years 1-3

    Hear the ‘real life’ rescue story of Doug the darter, a waterbird who became entangled in rubbish. This story highlights how waste enters our waterways and the impacts it can have on wildlife.

  • Eco walks

    Eco walks

    Enjoy guided ecology walks through the forest.

    Suitable for years 1 to 12.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12 Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Ecosystem explorers

    Ecosystem explorers

    Explore the processes that change our natural world

    Suitable for years 5 to 8.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10
  • Environmental change and management

    Environmental change and management

    Investigate causes of environmental change in our south-west forests and management strategies used to address these.

    Suitable for Year 10

    Year 7 to 10
  • Field Biology

    Field Biology

    Australia is one of the world's 17 centres of 'mega-diversity' of plants and animals. Explore a range of techniques biologists use to collect data on our plant and animal communities.

    Year 11 to 12
  • Fire biology - a force of life

    Fire biology - a force of life

    Understand the ecological consequences of fire on the environment.

    Suitable for Biology (ATAR Unit 1, General Unit 4), Earth and Environmental Science (ATAR Unit 4)

    Year 11 to 12
  • Fire Geography - a natural hazard

    Fire Geography - a natural hazard

    Understanding the importance of fire management in the biophysical and managed environment.

    Suitable for Geography (ATAR Unit 1, General Unit 3)

    Year 11 to 12
  • Flora Biology

    Flora Biology

    The south-west of Western Australia is one of the world's 34 biodiversity ‘hotspots’, with some of the richest and most unique reservoirs of plant and animal life on earth.

    Year 11 to 12
  • Forests Forever

    Forests Forever

    Our forests provide us with essential resources such as timber and clean water. They are also a haven for biodiversity.

    Year PP to 6
  • From range to river

    From range to river

    Where does the Canning River come from and where does it flow to? A big picture view of our waterways is presented as students interact with a 3-D model to consider the human impacts on the Swan-Canning River catchment, the consequences for living things and action people can take for sustainable change.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10
  • Geography

    Geography

    Explore biodiversity and threats to our forests, and analyse viewpoints of a diverse range of stakeholders.

    Suitable for Geography (ATAR Unit 3, General Unit 1); Earth and Environmental Science (General Unit 2).

    Year 11 to 12
  • Habitat Heroes

    Habitat Heroes

    Many species of our unique native animals are in a struggle for survival and may be on the brink of extinction.

    Year PP to 6
  • Historical tuart woodlands

    Historical tuart woodlands

    Discover threats to our unique tuart woodlands and the history of Wonnerup with Nearer to Nature and the National Trust.

    Suitable for years 8 to 12.

    Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12
  • Incredible invertebrates

    Incredible invertebrates

    Uncover the world of incredible invertebrates. Students will be amazed at the life going on beneath their feet!

    Suitable for Years 3 – 6 as a 1.5 hr program at Perth Hills Discovery Centre. Also available in the south west as a 2 hour program for senior students

    Year PP to 6 Year 11 to 12
  • Investigate tuart woodlands

    Investigate tuart woodlands

    Discover the wonders of the majestic tuarts as a field ecologist.

    Suitable for Geography (General Unit 1)

    Year 11 to 12
  • Investigating the south-west forest

    Investigating the south-west forest

    Uncover the mysteries of the south west jarrah forest. Once your students have been Busy in the forest, graduate them to this investigative program.

    Suitable for years 2 to 4.

    Year PP to 6
  • Koolangars, corroborees and kaleeps

    Koolangars, corroborees and kaleeps

    Participate in sustainable hunting and fishing methods.

    Suitable for years 4 to 5.

    Year PP to 6
  • Living with fire

    Living with fire

    Discover the impact of bushfires on environments and communities.

    Suitable for years 5 to 6.

    Year PP to 6
  • Marvellous macroinvertebrates

    Marvellous macroinvertebrates

    Take a close look at the aquatic invertebrates of the spring-fed stream.

    Suitable for years 3 to 12

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12 Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Monitoring marsupials - Western Shield trapping

    Monitoring marsupials - Western Shield trapping

    A unique opportunity for students to be part of Western Shield research.New Western Shield logo 100

    Suitable for years 5 to 12

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12 Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Moodjitch binar nyorps and yorgas

    Moodjitch binar nyorps and yorgas

    Introducing Nyoongar culture through early childhood role-play.

    Suitable for years PP to 3.

    Year PP to 6
  • Night walk

    Night walk

    While exploring with spotlights, students will recognise the interdependence of life as the forest comes alive after dark.

    Suitable for year 3 to 12.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12
  • Pobblebonk swamp

    Pobblebonk swamp

    Join us down at Pobblebonk Swamp to meet our local frogs. Learn about frogs that sound like motorbikes and frogs that do not develop from tadpoles – astonishing!

    Year PP to 6
  • River and Wetland Ecosystems

    River and Wetland Ecosystems

    The wetlands and rivers of the Swan Coastal Plain have been significantly affected by human–induced change; yet these ecosystems are still an important part of the biodiversity of the region.

    Year 7 to 10
  • River diaries

    River diaries

    Students glimpse into the past lives of those who lived and settled around the Canning River by investigating historical records such as maps, photos and diaries.

  • Rivers at risk

    Rivers at risk

    Students are introduced to natural and ecological hazards associated with river systems within an urban catchment such as drought, introduced species and eutrophication.

    Year 11 to 12
  • Sense-ational nightlife

    Sense-ational nightlife

    While exploring with spotlights, students will recognise the interdependence of life as the forest comes alive after dark.

    Suitable for years 3 to 12.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12 Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Sense-ational trail

    Sense-ational trail

    Students will engage sensory skills as they explore the forest along a rope trail while blindfolded (suitable for Years 1 to 12).

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12 Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Signals in the stream

    Signals in the stream

    Using the SIGNAL model as an assessment tool, students gain an indication of water quality in the Canning River by sampling and classifying aquatic macro-invertebrates.

    Year 11 to 12
  • Sustainable forestry

    Sustainable forestry

    Gain an insight into the principles and practices of sustainable forest management

    Suitable for Geography (ATAR Units 2 & 3, General Units 1 & 4); Earth and Environmental Science (ATAR Unit 3); Integrated Science (ATAR Unit 2)

    Year 11 to 12
  • Swan Canning River System Inquiry

    Swan Canning River System Inquiry

    The Swan Canning Riverpark and the iconic rivers at its heart are the centrepiece of Perth. Blessed with diverse and resilient ecosystems, the Swan and Canning rivers are a recreational playground and a source of vibrant commercial and tourism activity.

    Year 11 to 12
  • Take a dip

    Take a dip

    This popular, interactive program provides students with the opportunity to sample and record the amazing and diverse macroinvertebrate communities that live in the Canning River. Students utilise field equipment to investigate the critical role of aquatic life in maintaining the health of wetland ecosystems.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10
  • Testing testing H2O

    Testing testing H2O

    Suitable for years 11-12 *can be adapted for year 9 biological sciences

    The Kent Street Weir on the Canning River provides a unique location to compare two river systems.

    Year 11 to 12
  • The Noongar way

    The Noongar way

    Exploring Aboriginal culture in the south west.

    Suitable for years 3 to 12.

    Year PP to 6 Year 7 to 10 Year 11 to 12
  • Threatened species

    Threatened species

    Learn about our unique native wildlife and the threats they face for survival.New Western Shield logo 100

    Suitable for years 4 to 6.

    Year PP to 6
  • Weir-D science

    Weir-D science

    The Kent Street Weir on the Canning River has been in place for nearly 100 years. Students have the opportunity to investigate the role of the Weir, how it has altered the river system and how plants and animals have adapted to changes in the physical environment.

    Year PP to 6
  • Western Shield

    Western Shield

    Investigate scientific techniques to re-establish native animals.New Western Shield logo 100

    Suitable for Biology (ATAR Unit 1, General Unit 4); Integrated Science (ATAR Unit 2, General Unit 3)

    Year 11 to 12
  • Wetland connections

    Wetland connections

    Explore food webs, food chains and other connections in a wetland ecosystem.

    Suitable for years 7 to 10.

    Year 7 to 10
  • Wetlands alive!

    Wetlands alive!

    Examine the interactions between living things in a wetland habitat.

    Suitable for years 4 to 6.

    Year PP to 6
  • Wildlife Wonders

    Wildlife Wonders

    Go on a bushland adventure hunting for evidence of our native animals and explore the different places they call home. Learn about some of the unique features that they use to help them survive in the bushland and get an up close experience with an animal encounter.

    Year PP to 6