The Numinbah Valley Environmental Education Centre is situated in the picturesque Gold Coast hinterland, approximately 20 minutes drive inland from Nerang.
The centre is surrounded by dry and wet sclerophyll forest and is bordered by Waterfall Creek and the Nerang River at the junction with the Hinze Dam water reservoir (Advancetown Lake). The area is now a national park and is a wonderful place to introduce students to the natural environment, where they can safely explore, experience and discover the various elements of the bush.
School groups of up to 60 students may attend the centre in either a day visit or residential camp format. Individualised learning programs are developed for all school groups from Prep to Year 12.
Educational programs offered include forest ecology and conservation, catchment management, fresh water studies, bush regeneration and alternative energy. Sustainability education, biodiversity and the importance of indigenous culture are key themes within learning programs and activities. Nearby national park areas at Springbrook and Natural Bridge are often visited as part of centre learning programs.
The centre also operates the Gold Coast Energy Trailer, a mobile educational resource sponsored by Gold Coast City Council, which visits schools to educate students on renewable energy and climate change.
Students staying overnight are accommodated within seven cabins.
Facilities on site include a large dining hall, amenities block, various indoor learning areas, a plant nursery and landscaped outdoor learning environments. A track network extending through surrounding national park is used extensively in the delivery of educational programs. The centre has no electrical grid connection, with a large solar array and stand alone system providing all energy needs, in addition to serving as a model of sustainable practice.
Catering services are provided if required, or school groups may choose to do their own cooking using centre facilities, in order to minimise costs.