Brewongle Environmental Education Centre

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  Ever wondered what happens after you flush? If you live in an urban area then your waste will disappear down the pipes and you will probably not give it any further thought. Most likely your waste will travel to a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), then eventually it will end up back in our waterways. For most of the 15 or so STP’s in Western Sydney, the water will return from whence it came… Read More

Our brilliant sunshiney classroom for the day yesterday was the Hawkesbury River at Sackville North. Senior Geography students from Cherrybrook Technology High School enjoyed the winter sun and a pleasant 19 degrees as they assessed the health of our beautiful river. This program called River Ecology (Water for Living) has been running for the last 5 years with the help of the University of Western Sydney. They provide us with boats, monitoring equipment and expertise… Read More

Geology has never held that much interest for me in the past, but my nerdy brain fires up with interest when geology can be related to the living things on our planet. The year 12 students of Stella Maris College Manly who visited us for a two day camp program discovered some interesting relationships between our local soils, geology, vegetation and wildlife. Being boffin earth and environmental scientists we conducted a soil profile… Read More

We are officially Outback! Brewongle and four other EEC’s have travelled in convoy to Bourke for 2 days of fun with the remote schools in this area. Today we had a blast with Bourke High School on the Darling River. Students kayaked under huge blue skies checking out the state of this vital inland river. We discovered very turbid water that had some nice big habitat snags for our native fish. A… Read More

Year 11 Senior Science from The Hills Sports High were at the top of their game when completing a study of the open forest adjacent to Turnbulls lagoon, Sackville North. We travelled to our field site, determined that the ecosystem type was in fact open forest, dug some dirt, climbed to the ridge top and avoided the jumping ants. The students decided the Western Sydney Dry Rainforest was in fairly healthy condition… Read More

Brewongle descended on Cattai National Park this week with the enthusiastic and talented year 7 & 8 students of Norwest Christian College. Geography was the aim of the day and the students spent their time discovering various Geographical field techniques. Cattai National Park is situated on the meandering Hawkesbury River near Pitt Town and has a rich history of Aboriginal and European occupation. The Cattai clan of the Darug people may have lived here for 20,000 years or… Read More

It was an avalanche of excited little people here today. 70+ year 2 students descended on Brewongle to discover the secrets of birds, water bugs and schooling in 1878. We were impressed with their enthusiasm, stories and ability to avoid falling in our ponds! How many tadpoles did you catch? It was amazing to discover that we could be quiet while searching for birds and some groups saw honeyeaters, fantails and finches. Great… Read More

Year 11 Senior Science from Hawkesbury High are becoming Brewongle junkies. After completing a river ecology day earlier in the year they came back for more last Friday. We travelled to our field site at Turnbull’s Lagoon and dug some dirt, hugged some trees and avoided the nasty bull ants. The students decided the Western Sydney Dry Rainforest was in fairly healthy condition with plenty of habitat elements. As an aside –… Read More