Last week our small group class visited Mary Cairns Cross Park in the Noosa hinterland as part of their course studies.
This gorgeous National Park has recently opened an educational centre that is interactive and highly worthwhile as an educational experience. We are fortunate that we have such a pristine rain forest and an education centre, so close by.
- 8:30am – Collected from homestay
- 9:30am – Arrived at Park
- 9:30am – 10:30am – Explored the Educational Facility. This included interactive displays, discussions with volunteers, viewing contextual videos and displays and previewing rainforest walk.
- 10:30am – 11:45am – Rainforest walk. Interacting with wildlife such as pademelons and birdlife and viewing flora such as giant red cedar trees and strangler figs.
- 11:45am – 12:00pm – Travelled to Montville, a small ridgetop village with views over the Sunshine Coast for lunch
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Returned to homestay
Language Learning Outcomes:
- Develop and extend unit context “A crowded planet” and “Conservation works” by exploring a rainforest environment. This environment cannot be viewed elsewhere.
- Extend vocabulary skills through interactive displays and discussion of displays with volunteers at the Education Centre
- Extend reading skills through descriptions and displays offered at Education Centre
- Develop an understanding of a rainforest habitat through direct exposure.
- Develop an understanding of the importance of these environments and the people who care for them.