This material is most suitable for primary school students, however some activities are designed for K–grade 10. The range of interpretive walks are also usable by anyone in the community with an interest in the natural environment, as they provide an opportunity to witness first-hand the unique world of estuaries. Many of the classroom activities require use of the DEP website to research and learn about the requirements of species, or the values of habitats, and threats they face. Many of the classroom and outdoor activities were developed in line with the Australian Curriculum and provide locally relevant facts and figures so students can gain a good understanding of the ecology and importance of natural habitats. Much of this material was developed with support from Australian Government grants (Caring for Our Country).

Explore our species index

Newspapers In Education features in The Mercury

Explore the habitats of the Derwent estuary

Other resources for teachers and students

Activities for teachers and students

Derwent specific publications

Expedition Class ‘Cirque to Sea’

Expedition Class partnered with the Bookend Trust and the Derwent Estuary Program to deliver its major expedition in 2016. ‘Cirque to Sea’ explored Tasmania’s Derwent River from mountain top right down to the sea. Read more about the program at