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Cross current collaborative project

On the 29th of November, DEEC helped out with a special Southern Cross School of Distance Education (SCSDE) event at South Ballina beach and Lennox Heads featuring dance group, The Deadly Bunarm's, along with other community organisations. The Deadly Bunarms, translated as "The Deadly Brothers", are a group of young men from the Lismore area who are currently in their last year of studies at the SCSDE and have been dancing together since they were kids. They pride themselves on keeping their Indigenous culture alive through dance.... Read more


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Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre is a NSW Department of Education facility located 20 minutes NE of Lismore. Experienced teachers provide sustainability, cultural and environmental programs for students K-12 at the centre, within schools and at a variety of other sites. Centre Facilities • Two dormitories with 18 beds each, showers and a separate staff bedroom • Camping area for larger groups • Stainless steel kitchen with industrial appliances • Outdoor cooking and covered eating area • Classroom with audio visual equipment • Native... Read more

The 2017 Threatened Species Children's Art Competition is open from June 5 to August 4

The 2017 Threatened Species Children's Art Competition is open from June 5 to August 4 to all primary aged children in NSW and the ACT. Fifty finalists' works will hang in a two week exhibition in September, with winners announced on September 7, Threatened Species Day. threatened species art comp... Read more

Arts Camp 2016

DEEC was successful in gaining arts funding again!

Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre is once again hosting another fabulous Artist in Residence Environmental Arts Camp program for selected Stage 3 students. The camp dates are June 20-22 Week 9 Term 2. Students will have the unique opportunity to work alongside professionals artists at DEEC gaining skills in visual and performing arts. Final works will be displayed in a public Art Exhibition. As DEEC was successful in gaining arts funding again this allows us to offer this amazing camp at a very reduced rate! $65 for 3 days including... Read more

History Program school house

Introducing our New Stage 2-3 History Program

New Stage 2-3 History Day Program: A day program that can stand alone or become part of a 2-3 day camp. The emphasis will be on the 1880's-wayof life of the Cedar Getters and their families, how this changed the Bundjalung Nation's lives and the impact it had on Country. Students will be taken back to a bygone era and take part in activities like butter-making, role play, old school house etc. Stage 2-3 History 2 Day Program: On the second day, students meet an archaeologist, examine artefacts, take part in an actual dig and draw conclusions... Read more

Entomologist Dr Norteen examining invertebrates at Dorroughby

Book our exciting stage 2 science program DorroughBUGS

Dorrough bugs –stage 2 on site at Dorroughby EEC or as an incursion at your school. Become an entomologist for a day and find out why bugs are important using an interactive story thread concept. Immerse yourself in role play that begins before you arrive with an invitation to an entomologists' conference and continues after you leave with a post conference report. Catch and classify bugs in the field and log data about your find in a citizen sceince program then view them under our microscopes. Students meet a villain that is determined to... Read more


Aboriginal Education Program at Dorroughby EEC

Dorroughby EEC's Aboriginal Studies program is called ‘Garrima' (modern Bundjaling word for respect) and emphasizes the importance of the Widjabul / Wiyabul people (who are part of the broader Bundjalung Nation) as the traditional owners of the land at and near our centre. The Garrima program will use approved methods and content by the AECG and the Bundjalung Elders Council, to teach about the traditional lifestyles, connection to place, plants, tools, land uses and sustainability practices of the Widjabul / Wiyabul people. On Wednesday 28th... Read more

photo of 8 ways workshop

Dorroughby hosted a wonderful Teacher PD on 8ways Indigenous Pedagogy

15 teachers attended a fabulous 8ways Pedagogy Workshop facilitated by Bilyana Noel Blomeley, Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement Officer on Tuesday July 26. The first day of this two day workshop introduced the 8ways Pedagogy to local teachers giving examples of how to implement the 8ways Pedagogy framework into planning and teaching and supporting teachers to include Aboriginal perspectives by using Aboriginal learning techniques. The second workshop will be on Tuesday 30th August (Week 7) in term 3 following up how the teachers... Read more


New video that showcases our water science lab

We have created a great new video that showcases the collaborative learning environment in our water science lab. Please contact Dorroughby EEC if you would like to book the lab for next year. http://www.classmoviestv.com/decnsw?movid=S9068-05-S5865-001... Read more


Environmental Arts Camp Dorroughby EEC 2015

Students from Stage 3 from around the Northern Rivers enjoyed the Environmental Arts Camp at Dorroughby on the 10th -12th August. They participated in Performing Arts activities such as dance and drama and enjoyed making their own shadow puppet story and props that they shared around the camp fire. The visual arts activities included digital photography and animation in the environment, art through milk and food dye as well as making their own boat from recycled materials. The high light of the camp was the making of a giant paper kiln that... Read more


Science Professional Development with DEEC

Thirty teachers from the Northern Rivers participated in science professional learning at our new water lab. The course focuses on science investigations and is registered with BOSTES for 10 hours of professional learning. School's can book the lab for professional development and then bring students to the lab to participate in open ended science challenges. Download a sample program and ring Dorroughby EEC for further information. Program (pdf 501 KB)... Read more


Marine Debri & Coastal Management Teacher Professional Development Day 7th November 2014

Sustainability For Education professional development day 7th November 2014. A FREE registered MyPL event for educators and community members. Join universities, schools and students from around Australia to create learning experiences that help our water ways. Connect your students to global issues and solutions that give them a real audience for their ideas to be expressed. Guest speakers include: *Heidi Taylor: CEO Tangaroa Blue *Catherine Knight: Coastal and estuary officer- Byron Shire Council *North East Waste *Arakwal People of Byron... Read more

Water lab


A NEW WATER LAB AT DORROUGHBY Dorroughby EEC and Rous Water have successfully received funding to develop a ‘Hands on Water Laboratory' focussed on inquiry based learning and directly related to the new science curriculum. The Lab is located at Dorroughby with research stations that provide authentic and experiential ways that students can learn about the water cycle and their role in it. The lab also aims to be a hub for professional development in science education and demonstrate quality teaching. The lab is open for term 4 and to assist... Read more


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AAEE 2014 National Conference: 2-4 November Registration for the 2014 Australian Association for Environmental Education Conference to be held in Hobart, Tasmania is now open! Guest Speakers: David W. Orr a well-known environmentalist and author and is active in many areas of environmental studies, including environmental education and environmental design. Paul Gilding author of The Great Disruption and as a keynote speaker on the theme of "Sustainability: Smart Strategies for the 21C." Early Bird Registration Closes... Read more


FUTURE LEADERS ENVIRONMENT AWARD 2014 The Future Leaders Environment Award recognises Year 12 students who have shown strong environmental leadership and initiative. Australian secondary schools are invited to nominate Year 12 students for the Award. Prize: In 2014, the award winners will receive a Fellowship to participate in an Earthwatch Expedition in Australia. www.earthwatch.org Please send all nominations by 1 July 2014 – electronically: helen@futureleaders.com.au. Future Leaders is a philanthropic initiative about leadership and our... Read more

Students look at what is caught in a Yabby trap


. OUR VOICE SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE 2014 Planning has already begun for the Student Sustainability Conference to be hosted again by Southern Cross University on the 31st October 2014.Keep this date locked in and have your students think about a concept they would like to present. Checkout the updated website at http://scu.edu.au/ourvoice/ Last year Our Voice was held on the 1st November at Southern Cross University. The conference bought together more than 250 children and young people from the Northern Rivers to express their ideas... Read more

 Rod Cheal from Taronga Zoo with Warney the White- lipped  tree frog

Gliders, Frogs & Koalas ‘InSitu’

The koalas, frogs and gliders Project In Situ was a collaborative project with Richmond Landcare, Dorroughby Environmental Education Centre, Taronga Zoo, Southern Cross University, Rous Water and Friends of the Koala. It was made possible with a Community Environment Grant under the Federal Government's Caring for Our Country program. Students from 13 local schools came together to learn how to take action in helping to save locally threatened species such as Koalas, Giant Barred Frogs and Squirrel Gliders. As a part of September's... Read more

School Education Director John Lynch opens the Environmental Sustainability Forum

Teacher Professional Development Day - 17th Sep 2013

School Education Director John Lynch opens the Environmental Sustainability Forum last march. On the17th September 2013, Dorroughby EEC with North Coast Local Environmental Educators will hold an environmental sustainability forum on 'Using the Local Environment for Integration of Sustainability Education'. The day will be held at Ocean Shores Public School who have been working closely with WetlandCare to develop a curriculum specifically for their wetland site next to their school grounds. Ten activites have been developed and you will... Read more

Platypus Day

Dorroughby EEC held a platypus awareness day for student leaders on the 26th June. Students learnt about issues involved in protecting platypus for the future and planned how to convey these messages to fellow students. Activities included water testing,spotting platypus in the local dam, art and informative displays. Guests included Barbara from ROUS Water, Dierdre from Dept Primary Industries, Vanessa from Lismore Council, Sheldon, a Widjubul elder and platypus conservationist Cathie Williams form the Central Coast NSW. Cathie has been busy... Read more

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