Budding young naturalists are in for a real treat following the newly revitalised Eco Rangers program facilitated at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
Southbank TAFE Travel, Tourism and Sustainability teacher Caroline Kirwood is the talent responsible for the newly enhanced schedule which now aligns the program with the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI).
Brisbane local Caroline Kirwood says her objective in designing the program was to stimulate children (ages 5 to 12 years) through real-life learning experiences that encompass the natural environment.
“I began by giving consistency of tangible messaging across a 10 topic lesson plan, which I refer to as ‘stickable’ messages that children will remember for years to come,” Caroline said.
“The program framework has been designed to cater for primary school children of both genders and is highly outdoors focused.”
“Such lessons include analysing the forest’s bugs and insects via handcrafted nets which participants can take home; and making volcanoes with baking soda, coloured paints and vinegar – giving perspective to the ancient Gondwana Rainforest setting,” Caroline said.
The Eco Rangers program will continue to be executed during gazetted Queensland and New South Wales school holidays by O’Reilly’s experienced team of nature guides two times daily.
Mum and dad are encouraged to spend their child-free down time kicking back at the Lost World Spa or enjoying the many picturesque rainforest walks.