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Program Overview


Parenna Place is the meeting place for students of all ages and backgrounds.


Discover the traditions, experience the culture, explore the environment.

A guide will greet your group and escort you to the Nature Reserve. Enroute to Parenna Place, visitors can enjoy a guided nature walk through Blackwood Swamp and Brookers Gum forests and through the third plant community, King Island Scrub - a complex mosaic of small trees, tall shrubs ferns, grasses and sedges.

Visitors will see rare and endangered species, and wildlife, learn about geodiversity and King Island history.

In winter, this walk is done in gumboots! Once inside Parenna Place, samples of King Island old and new cuisine will be served for a truly unique and authentic cultural experience.

For school age Australian National Curriculum Education Goals:

To provide visitors with a unique and dynamic educational program with a focus on endangered species and their natural ecosystems, geo and biodiversity and sustainability.


Including opportunities to:

Observe and interact with species representatives

Participate in a well-informed, guided tour designed to effectively communicate with visiting groups

Reflect on the impact that humans have on species and environments, particularly rare and endangered

Explore local, national and international environmental initiatives and programs Experience and reflect on King Island Culture and History and its place in Australia

Participate in unique outdoor environmental education experiences


To provide Australian students and teachers with:

Cross-curricular, year level-specific educational programs at Pegarah Private Nature Reserve.

Opportunities to support programs in the National Curriculum Learning Areas / Subjects - The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages, Mathematics, Science, Technologies


Supplementary pre and post-visit educational material


Opportunities within the Career Preparation and Cooperative Education Programs


To collaborate with other facilities' educational programs


The following Learning Outcomes will be satisfied after completion of the activities within this program.

Foundation - 10 -Students should be able to:

Science Processes and Skills of Science

Share with others information obtained by observing

Life Science: Characteristics of Living Things

Describe features of local plants and animals

Physical Science: Properties of Objects and Materials

Identify materials that make up familiar objects

Describe ways to rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle

Earth and Space Science: Surroundings

Demonstrate the ability to observe their surroundings

Describe features of their immediate environment

Social Studies

Applications of Social Studies

Collect information from a variety of sources and experiences

Draw simple interpretations from personal experiences, oral sources and visual representations

Present information using oral, visual, or written representation

Society and Culture

Describe some of the purposes of family

Describe how families can be similar and different


Describe how they interact with different environments

Practise responsible behaviour in caring for their immediate environment Physical Education

Active Living

Participate regularly in short periods of vigorous activity with frequent rest intervals

Demonstrate behaviours that indicate interest and enjoyment in physical activity Move safely and sensitively through all environments

Movement – Alternate Environment Activities

Move safely in a variety of alternative environments

Use movement concepts and skills to participate in alternative-environment activities

Personal and Social Responsibility

Show a willingness to listen to directions and simple explanations

Use safe behaviours when responding to simple movement tasks

Stay on-task when participating in physical activity

Display a willingness to work with others

Grade OneStudents should be able to:

ScienceProcesses and Skills of Science Communicate their observations, experiences, and thinking in a variety of ways

Earth and Space Science: Daily and Seasonal Changes

Describe changes that occur in daily and seasonal cycles and their effects on living things

Describe activities of Aboriginal peoples in Australia in each seasonal cycle

Social Studies

Applications of Social Studies Collect information from a variety of sources and experiences Draw simple interpretations from personal experiences, oral sources and visual representations​