Our hands-on and Australian Curriculum based workshops and kids programs are a great way to gain understanding of our local wildlife and nature. Our programs are outdoors and weather dependent, however our Platypus session can be held indoors. All resources are provided.
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The platypus is an amazing semi-aquatic mammal that is endemic to Eastern Australia and Tasmania. It is primarily nocturnal, living in creeks and rivers from cold highlands areas to tropical rainforests. Unfortunately platypus numbers appear to be declining due to habitat disruption, water extraction, pollution of waterways and illegal capture.
This workshop includes an introducing presentation to platypus and their natural habitat followed by a build your own platypus habitat workshop! Resources are provided.
This workshop introduces you to the world of waterbugs. Water bug can be found in rivers, creeks and wetlands. Waterbugs are vital for our waterways and are great water health indicators! They are also on the platypus menu so it is important to keep up to date with the waterbug population.
The workshop involves waterbug sampling, waterbug identification and waterbug population analysis. You will be amazed with all the creatures you find and their ways to protect themselves from being eaten by others. This is a very hands-on session. Resources are provided
This workshop introduces you to the under water world, particularly seagrass and it’s consumers and inhabitants. Seagrass is a vital food resource for various marine species besides being a home for numerous organisms. During this workshop we focus on identifying different seagrass species, the algae covers and all the animals found within this environment. We might even spot a seahorse, longfish or turtle!
This workshop is hands-on and participants need to wear sun smart clothing including reef shoes. Resources are provided.
Our GCCA teaching team
Our facilitators are experienced biologists and environmental managers with years of experience in the field of Environment Education and Community Engagement.