Kings Park Education provides practical ideas for excursions and inspiration for teaching in the classroom.

Professional development workshops

Kings Park Education provides teachers with opportunities to broaden their knowledge and be inspired with practical ideas for excursions and classroom learning. Customised professional development sessions in the Australian Curriculum areas of Science, History (Aboriginal Culture) and Geography can be delivered to meet the specific needs of your school. Half day sessions with a Kings Park Educator can be combined with your school’s own networking or meeting agenda to create a full day of learning in beautiful Kings Park.

Professional development sessions can be delivered Tuesday to Friday only, bookings by request for groups of 10 people or more.

Aboriginal life and history

The significance of Kings Park to Nyoongar people

Mooro Katta (Kings Park) has been an important place for Nyoongar people for tens of thousands of years. A professional Development day focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures at Kings Park can include information on the following:

  • Local Aboriginal people – the Nyoongar people
  • Family life – women’s business and men business
  • Significant Aboriginal places in Kings Park
  • Nyoongar seasons and seasonal movements
  • Native plants and the way they were used by Aboriginal people for food, clothing, tools and medicine.

Information  on our comprehensive programs, resources and special events that support teaching Aboriginal content, will be provided.

Exploring Nyoongar Culture with a Nyoongar presenter

Kings Park Education works with a number of experienced Nyoongar presenters. On request a Nyoongar presenter can be booked to present the workshop on Aboriginal culture. The Nyoongar presenter will be able to provide a greater insight into the content that could be of benefit to people working with Aboriginal families and teaching Aboriginal children.

Additional areas covered could include spirituality and the dreaming, family roles and structures, health and connection to country, women's business and men's business, effects of the stolen generation, and so on.

The Nature of learning

Developing the whole child in natural environment

Discover the importance of allowing children to spend time outside exploring natural environments and how this benefits a child's development. Explore the benefits of allowing children to take risks and how 'risking on purpose' in natural environments can help children develop. This session provides lots of ideas for taking learning outside, integrating nature and curriculum outcomes and including natural elements in play and learning.

Inquiry-based learning

Kings Park Education aims to provide inquiry-based learning programs for students, actively engaging them in the process of investigating, processing, organising and extending their knowledge. Learn how to use inquiry-based learning in Science or Geography with a hands-on professional development session. To investigate the history and geography of the park through an inquiry lesson combine this program with a 'The significance of Kings Park to Nyoongar People' session.

Further workshops topics

Kings Park can provide further professional learning opportunities in the areas of wetland monitoring, horticulture and conservation science. Contact the Education Bookings Officer to discuss your requirements.

Induction to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park 2018

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed for the Stage 2 development during 2017.

All teachers planning an excursion to Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park in 2018 will be required to attend a free induction and site familiarisation session. Induction sessions are not required for bookings held in other Kings Park venues.

Stage 2 preview sessions will be held in Term 4 2017; please direct expressions of interest to the Education Bookings Officer. Attending a pre-excursion induction will introduce you to the redeveloped Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park site, help ensure the best possible excursion for your class and meet the requirements for planning and risk assessment in this unique venue.

Visitor reminder

All cyclists and motorists are required to abide by the Road Traffic Code 2000 and must adhere to signage and directions by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority.

Naturescape closed 2017

Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be closed from Wednesday 1 February for the Stage 2 development during 2017.

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Master Gardeners turn 20!

Kings Park and Botanic Garden warmly congratulate and thank the Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners as they celebrate their 20th anniversary in October 2017.

2016 - 2017 at a glance

It was another very busy year in Kings Park and Bold Park, with a near-record 6.3 million visitors coming from all around the world to enjoy our expansive parklands, natural bushland and world-class Botanic Garden.

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