The Pullenvale Environmental Education Centre (PEEC) is situated in a semirural residential area in Brisbane, off Moggill Road, Pullenvale, approx. 20 km west of the Brisbane GPO. PEEC is close to the Moggill Conservation Forest and many of PEEC's programs include a visit to this forest as part of the excursion experience.
PEEC designs, promotes and delivers arts-based environmental education programs for school children P-7 and provides professional development for teachers.
Living and learning for sustainability by connecting self, others and place is the key idea developed in all centre programs.
All PEEC programs are linked to the Australian Curriculum and are delivered in an imaginative and creative way using the teaching tools of story, drama, attentiveness, reflection, inquiry, and play to achieve deep 'learning beyond the classroom'.
The PEEC Storythread approach:
If students are to develop a deep and authentic understanding of the knowledge, values and practices of sustainability then they must begin by making an emotional connection to nature.
Storythread is a 'pedagogy of place' that connects students to nature.
Through each (PEEC) Storythread, students and teachers are both audience and participants in narratives about characters - real and fictional - living in harmony and in conflict with their environment and the natural world.
The characters' choices and dilemmas, their knowledge and actions, their motivations and interests, and the impact of their choices and actions, are played out for the students and teachers to appreciate in real places.
Students observe, inquire, investigate, predict, influence, and subsequently reflect upon their own lives and experiences in order to shape future knowledge, attitudes, values and actions.