What is an Environmental Education Centre?
An environmental education centre is a vital part of Education Queensland’s resource support for sustainability and environmental education. We have the task of promoting, demonstrating and modelling the environmental education for sustainability.
The Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre:
helps students through excursions
helps teachers through professional development and pre-service training
helps schools and communities through the modelling sustainable practices.
Approximately 5,000 students visit our residential school each year for periods ranging from one day to five days and sometimes longer. Ages range from prep level visits, through primary and secondary years, and to tertiary and adults levels. Although varying from year to year primary students account for fifty percent of the visitors.
Although we are a school operated by Education Queensland, the centre is largely self funding. This includes the need to pay many of its staff’s own wages and provide its own facilities.
In 2012, staff includes the principal, two teaching staff, a teacher aide, an Earth Smart science facilitator, a cleaner, a business service manager, a unit support officer and a computer technician.
What will I do at Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre?
Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre (BIEEC) is in a unique location allowing our curriculum to emphasize the natural coastal, marine and reef environments and human use of these areas. Our range of activities aims to be enjoyable, exciting, challenging, practical, first hand experiences with various aspects of the environment that adds value to school based programs by exploring the fieldwork component of environmental education beyond the capacity of most individual schools.
BIEEC teaching staff collaboratively design, with visiting teachers, a sequence of learning activities that is based on the students specific interests directly linked with classroom curriculum.
Please go to planning your visit to find out how to enquire about applying for a visit to BIEEC.