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Snapshot

  • Self-guided Walks


    Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park! Download our free Centennial Park walking apps - available for Apple and Android smartphones. More info and download links here.

  • Swamp Closures


    Lachlan Swamp will close on days above 36C to minimise disturbance to the Flying Foxes. There will be no access to visitors.

  • Centennial Park History Book


    Our great new book on the history of Centennial Park is now on sale, and can be ordered online. Great gift idea. More info.

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Professional Development

The Parklands' Education team offer professional development and training to enable individuals and organisations to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to connect children in their own settings.

Our experienced trainers are subject matter experts in nature education and have received nationally and internationally recognised training in Forest Schools, Environmental Education, Science Communication and hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Training Themes

  • Importance of challenge and adventure in outdoor learning
  • Introduction to the outdoor classroom
  • Elemental play (fire, earth, water, air)
  • Enabling creativity and imagination in the outdoors
  • Introduction to nature Pedagogy

The Parklands Education team can deliver customised training programs for your groups or organisation. Training can take place in our outdoor classroom or at your local teaching site.

NESA Accredited Training for Proficient Teachers

BOSTES

The Parklands has been endorsed to deliver two courses for NSW Proficient Teachers Accreditation, the programs include: Practical Skills for Outdoor Learning and Geography Outdoors. These sessions are delivered via experiential activities and aim to assist teachers to understand the teaching principals and pedagogy of outdoor learning in relation to the National Curriculum. For more information on course content, dates, times and costs please view the Course Outlines.

Link to Practical Skills for Outdoor Learning PDF here
Link to Geography Outdoors PDF here

Early Years Bush Connections

Centennial Parklands and TAFE NSW Sydney Institute partner to teach the Early Years Bush Connections course in Sydney. The course is aimed at early childhood educators and Children's Services professionals looking to gain skills in Nature Pedagogy. This course won the 2013 Green Gown Skills for Sustainability Award.

The dates for the next course is:

  • 9th, 10th, 11th March 2018.

NEW!! Bush Connections Master Class

This new course is for educators who already have a level of competency delivering learning in nature and wish to add more skills and knowledge to their profession. This program can include an overnight camping stay in the parklands.

  • 5th, 6th of May 2018.

For more information about enrolments and course details please contact TAFE directly email. Please email Fran.Hughes@det.nsw.edu.au

Clients

  • Network of Community Activities
  • Campbelltown Council Children's Services
  • Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network
  • National Parks and Wildlife Discovery team
  • Queensland Education Department

Testimonial

“The ‘Bush Education Course’ at Centennial Parklands has built upon both teacher’s and children’s sense of wonder, knowledge and confidence to immerse ourselves into implementing our own ‘Connecting with Nature’ programme.  Thank you Sam for sharing your depth of knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm about the natural world around us”. Cheryl, Early Years Educator; Reddam House School.

Please contact our Education Team to discuss costs, delivery requirements and objectives. Download our flyer with all details here.