Brewongle Environmental Education Centre

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Have you immersed your students in nature this year? We would love to help you with your next excursion and have a range of new and existing programs in a variety of subject areas to inspire, engage and enhance the learning of your students. As an added bonus – all visiting teachers will receive 4hrs (BOSTES registered) field work professional learning! Our NSW Environmental Education Centres are all staffed by trained teachers… Read More

Earthkeepers is an old world, mystical ecology program for Stage 2 students and some little munchkins from Boronia Park are now well on their way to becoming Level 1 Earthkeepers after completing our 3 day camp. We were impressed with their energy and enthusiasm and can see that they now have a broader understanding of how humans and natural systems rely on each other. Thanks so much to our parent helpers and… Read More

Imagine if trees in the Sydney basin were humans and we could age group them into babies, infants, children, teenagers, young adults and so on. What would be the age demographic near you? Here at Brewongle we have some teenagers, young adults and a smattering of adults, but very few grandparents. These thoughts entered my head today via an arborist who gave me pause to consider the different time scale that trees… Read More

This new employment opportunity is available now and the information came from our colleagues at Taronga Zoo. See below for details. Aboriginal Program Coordinator – 00003LE5   Aboriginal Program Coordinator   Aboriginal Identified Part Time 22.8 hours per week, Temporary 2 year contract position. Taronga Conservation Society Australia Salaried Employees Award – Clerk Grade 6 ($80,997 – $83,371 prorata)   Location – Taronga Zoo Sydney Are you a leader in developing culturally rich experiences for… Read More

So you take a feathery local species, like a Tawny Frogmouth, you mix in a crime scene, some suspects, plenty of hands on investigating and SHAZAM, you have yourselves an outdoor, eco-mystery challenge that never fails to grip primary age students. Our Eco Mystery day – ‘The Tawny Tragedy‘ is one of our most engaging programs. Students eyes widen when they arrive at Brewongle to discover a crime scene complete with police… Read More

Sad news today as we discovered that our regular nesting grey shrike thrush has most likely been eaten by something. We discovered a scene of feathers and a broken nest on our back verandah today. A mating pair of thrushes have been nesting in the same little nest on our verandah for at least 10 years and visiting students have been observing this years clutch of eggs for the last few weeks.The… Read More

Once again we are indebted to the lovely students and staff from Mt Druitt Tutorial School for their bush regeneration efforts last Friday. Perfect cool weather allowed us to continue lantana removal in our patch of critically endangered Shale Sandstone Transition Forest. Angus, Kyla and Emma from Blue Tongue Ecosystems came along to lend a hand and provide tools and expertise. We came across some amazing incidental wildlife sightings including an old… Read More

In this new video you can see all of our favourite wildlife captured on our various different cameras including Go Pros, remote wildlife cameras and a digitial SLR. Our resident male satin bowerbird is looking happy these days as he seems to have attracted a girlfriend to his bower…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k8lKgrkKQM&feature=youtu.be

The year 9 students of Tyndale Christian School in Blacktown were treated to a plethora of arboreal delights this week. Using our nest box cameras they explored various habitat boxes around Brewongle for signs of life. During their testing they discovered four possums, some feathers, nests, goanna scratchings, animal scats, clean water and a healthy forest  The students were enjoying our Lace Monitor science program for stage 5. This program encourages students to gather data… Read More

1. 2. 3. These are three common species to be found around Sydney and they are part of a long list of indicator species used by the citizen science project Climatewatch. I have blogged previously about Climatewatch and citizen science projects as I think they are a fantastic educational tool. Climatewatch uses common species to monitor adaptations to climate change. Specifically we are looking for phenological (life cycle and breeding) changes to… Read More