Learning activities in parks

Develop an appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage through a range of outdoor learning activities in our parks and forests.

Activities are run on weekends, public holidays, school holidays, and after school and may be free or fee-based.

View our selected list or check our calendar to find more events in national parks.

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Connect with Nature

Mahogany glider

The mahogany glider—once presumed extinct—is on display in the David Fleay Wildlife Park nocturnal house.

The Connect with Nature program offers a wide range of activities for adults, children and families in parks and forests as well as other locations.

Join a park ranger or specialist presenter for a guided walk, spotlighting walk, wildlife encounter, children’s activity or stage show. There’s something for everyone including school holiday activities, activities at special events and environmental education programs for school groups.

Nature Play Queensland

A young girl playing in a creek.

Unstructured play in nature is important for a full and healthy childhood.

Switch from screen time to green time with Nature Play and make playing outdoors and exploring your backyard, your local parks and national parks a bigger part of your everyday life.

Nature Play is a great opportunity for young children and their families to engage in nature and our beautiful Queensland environment, as well as learn practical life skills.

Get your Nature Play QLD Passport for lots of secret missions for kids to complete outside; these are fun and mostly free!

The missions are delivered through an exciting online interface that allows kids to find a mission, and then leave the computer behind to go and do it.  Plus, they earn virtual points for completing each outdoor activity. These points can be used to build avatars and to win great prizes!

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Two students holding cassowary eggs with a park ranger.

Hands-on education as a park ranger shows cassowary eggs.

David Fleay Wildlife Park has special ranger-guided environmental education and cultural awareness programs tailored for school groups. Curriculum-based programs are available for students from preschool to year 12.

Book your guided tour and talk—there is a range of school holiday activities as part of Queensland Parks and Wildlife’s (QPWS) Connect with Nature program, including the ever popular ‘Wildlife ranger experience’ activities.

The main focus points of the education programs are threatened species, habitats and animal adaptations, life cycles and food webs.

Located at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, 90 km south of Brisbane.

Fort Lytton National Park

Fort Lytton firing cannon.

Hear the big guns roar as the historic 64 pounder and 6 pounder cannons are fired.

Visit Fort Lytton National Park to discover the military history of Fort Lytton— a pentagonal fortress built in 1881 and used to protect Brisbane from attack until the end of the Second World War.

See the Go Back in Time events calendar for activities such as guided tours of the historic ruins, theatre re-enactments and school holiday programs.

Book an activity from the Go Back in Time school program with a strong educational focus—many activities use Theatre in Education techniques designed to engage students' imagination.

Located at Lytton on the southern bank of the Brisbane River.

St Helena Island National Park

Ruins at St Helena Island.

Tour the prison ruins, buildings, museum and cemeteries to learn about rough 19th century life.

Visit St Helena Island National Park to discover the ruins of the State's first penal settlement, which operated from 1867 until 1932.

See remains of the prison stockade including the bakery, workshops and underground tanks, warder accommodation, sugar mill, lime kiln, jetty and Queensland's first tramway.

The Go Back in Time program includes a guided tour of the historic prison ruins, and topics for school excursions include archaeology and environmental history, settlement and prison life.

Book a guided tour for access to the restricted area, including the prison ruins.

Located in Moreton Bay, off Brisbane, accessible by boat from Manly or New Farm.

Mamu Tropical Skywalk

Visitors looking at the rainforest view from the 10 m long cantilever.

The skywalk has been designed to provide safe and easy access for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Visit Mamu Tropical Skywalk to experience the unique elevated walkways and enjoy World Heritage rainforest with close-up views of plants, insects and birds.

The environmental education program for visiting school groups is designed to be led by the class teacher. It features practical field-based education activities that are an extension to the Rainforest Explorer classroom activities from the Queensland Science curriculum.

Located 115 km (90 minutes drive) south of Cairns.

South East Queensland Wildlife Centre

Ranger showing children a snake skin.

South East Queensland Wildlife Centre has daily animal feeding sessions and wildlife talks given by rangers.

Visit the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre to learn about our wildlife in natural habitat exhibits—reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals. Discover nocturnal wildlife in a night-house and birds in the walk-through aviary. See up close a platypus, wombat and kangaroos.

The D'Aguilar National Park Connect with Nature school program features some activities to suit the Australian school curriculum.

Activities include a self-guided or ranger-guided visit to the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre.

Located at The Gap, 12 km from Brisbane’s city centre.

Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Koala in tree branches.

Climb the observation tower to get a close view of the koalas.

Visit the Daisy Hill Koala Centre featuring a large outdoor koala enclosure and interactive displays.

Daisy Hill Koala Centre staff run koala-focused education programs for schools and groups within the centre. Discover all about the koala’s life cycle and unique biology, how we are keeping koalas safe and other threatened species.

To make a booking, contact the centre between 8am and 4pm weekdays, and talk to a ranger.

Located in Daisy Hill Conservation Park, approximately 25 km south of Brisbane.