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
Explore the habitats of the Derwent estuary
Other resources for teachers and students
Activities for teachers and students
- The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service provide a number of educational services for schools, including Discovery Rangers, as well as educational resources, such as the Foreshore Futures and Wetland Communities e-sets.
- Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery Learning and Discovery.
- The Marine Discovery Centre (Woodbridge) challenges students to learn about, discover and care for the marine environment through shore and sea based programs
- The Molesworth Environment Centre near New Norfolk provides environmental and outdoor education activities for Tasmanian schools
- Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, walk and school programs (holidays too).
- TasWater offers a range of water-themed educational resources, including lesson plans, classroom visits and treatment plant tours.
- The City of Hobart Bush Adventures Program offers activities in local reserves for specific age groups. To book into a session, phone (03) 6238 2886.
Derwent specific publications
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 expeditionclass.com.