Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres (O&EECs) promote and deliver highly effective outdoor and environmental education programs for schools and the community, and provide professional development for teachers.
Education for a sustainable future, valuing biodiversity and personal and social capability are key themes within O&EEC programs. Outdoor and environmental education programs are linked to the Australian Curriculum, and may include team building and leadership objectives. Strong links are fostered with local communities by providing information about environmental issues and serving as venues for community forums.
O&EECs offer place-based education programs in unique and diverse environments including:
- tropical reef-fringed islands
- outback and rural Queensland
- estuarine and
- freshwater habitats.
O&EECs also provide specialised learning experiences such as:
- archaeology and heritage interpretation
- environmental arts
- urban renewal
- waterwatch programs and
- environmental investigations
- outdoor adventure activities.
Some O&EECs provide programs designed to develop personal and social capability. These programs are designed to challenge students and teachers to extend their individual capabilities and develop team building and leadership skills through a spirit of cooperation.
Students are provided with opportunities to develop improved social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills by focusing on self-esteem and interpersonal interaction. Teachers can develop their skills and knowledge of cooperative planning and outdoor education.