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Kulunga Katitjin Kaarta Koomba - exploring Aboriginal culture and science to promote a sustainable and respectful future for all.

Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park) is a special place, it has been a place of significance for Noongar people for thousands of years.

Join Kings Park Education and local Aboriginal presenters who will share their knowledge of the six seasons of traditional Noongar life in this interactive cultural program.

Students will learn about Noongar Boodja (Noongar country) – the land, its plants, animals and people and their traditional ways of living on and caring for country; and participate in cultural activities traditionally associated with each season, such as plant uses for food and medicine, hunting, language, art, dance, and traditional games.

Each season is celebrated with a three-day ‘mini-festival’ for students from Pre-Primary to Year 6, held in Kings Park Education’s dedicated outdoor learning zone or Western Australian Botanic Garden.

Our immersive program will enhance respect for Aboriginal people, appreciation for diversity in our community and a sense of responsibility for caring for our natural environment.

You may also be interested in a Noongar glossary for local Aboriginal words that are used within this website.

2021 schedule:

23 - 25 March
Bunuru (Second summer): Wetlands and fishing, dance and storytelling, Noongar Boodja Trail with a focus on wetlands.
11 - 12 May
Djeran (Cool season): Storytelling, art and dance. Noongar Boodja Trail with a focus on shelter.
22 - 24 June
Makuru (Rain season): Hunting and tool making, music and language. Noongar Boodja Trail with a focus on tools.
14 - 16 September
Djilba (Transitional season): Family and traditional life, dance and storytelling, Noongar Boodja Trail with a focus on bush school and games.
19 - 21 October
Kambarang (Wildflower season): Bush tucker and medicine, art and storytelling, Noongar Boodja Trail with a focus on plants use.
30 Nov - 2 Dec
Birok (First summer): Caring for country and fire, dance and storytelling, Noongar Boodja Trail with a focus on sustainability.

Programs run from 9.30 am to 12.45 pm with a short recess included.

You may like to stay after the program for lunch in Kings Park and free play in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.

Contact the Education Bookings Officer to find out more about activities and knowledge shared in each season.

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'Enhanced - NAIDOC Week and our HASS (History) learning. Really enjoyed tool making. Drawing was great.' - Year 3 Teacher

'Hands on activities - fishing, face-painting, hunting practice with honky nuts. Teachers were very knowledgeable.' – Year 3 Teacher

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Please refer to the Kings Park Education Cancellation Policy before booking this program.

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