Early Learning

Teaching preschoolers to understand why we, as humans, are responsible for protecting and caring for our oceans and waterways may sound a little complex.

It isn’t, and by adding a splash of fun, exciting sensory experiences and a generous dose of creepy sea creatures, the Marine Discovery Centre team have the knowledge, experience and tools to inspire young minds.

From a very young age, kids are fascinated by the ocean. They love fossicking on beaches and rivers, collecting shells, searching through rock pools for hidden treasures and exploring the water’s edge. Naturally inquisitive, they’re eager to learn more about their favourite place and its inhabitants.

Imagine their pride in being able to identify so much more of what they find, touch and see next time they visit to the beach.

The Marine Discovery Centre aims to be the cornerstone of children’s learning about our ocean planet and become environmentally conscious adults in the future. We can’t wait to meet and inspire them!

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BUILD YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE

Want to know more? Build your ultimate camp with additional sessions at the Marine Discovery Centre, field studies, recreational and team building exercises. The choice is yours! Please fill out the below and add the activities you feel will best suit your group. Once submitted our friendly group coordinator will be in touch with a detailed quote. If you have something specific in mind that isn’t noted below, please ask!

Base Package Outdoor Education   Enviro Care    High Tide     Low Tide  icons_wellbeing_Duration Duration Team Building Wellbeing

Introductory ecology walk

  • General Ecology Walk to discover basic principles of ecology – the study of living spaces, liv...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • Duration: 2hrs

Human Impact Walk

  • Hastings point sits on a fragile edge as increasing human activity influences and shapes the ecosyst...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • Enviro Care
    • Duration: 2hrs

Rocky Shore

  • An abundant Rocky Shore offers a wonderful opportunity to encounter and learn about marine life with...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • Low Tide
    • Duration: 2hrs

Wallum Healthland

  • The Wallum Heathland is a dry and fire-prone ecology that develops on old tracts of sand found furth...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • Duration: 2hrs

Mangroves

  • Hastings Point has two small creek systems lined with Mangrove forests and seagrass beds. These quie...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • High Tide
    • Duration: 2hrs

Sand Dunes

  • The long quiet beaches and healthy sand dune forests at Hastings are easy and fun places to learn ab...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • Duration: 2hrs

Shoreline Plastic & Rubbish Survey

  • A guided walk around the shoreline of the beach, rocky shore and estuary with a focus on plastic and...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • Enviro Care
    • Duration: 2hrs

Marine Centre presentations

  • The Marine Discovery Centre is a highly engaging space and a perfect setting to deliver educational ...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Duration: 2hrs

Wellbeing

  • Experience a guided journey through mindfulness. Wild n Awake is about relaxing in the peace and vit...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Wellbeing
    • Duration: 1hrs

Sand Castle Team Building

  • Enjoy a session of fun beach games and sandcastle building. Students will work in teams to collabora...[more]
    • Base Package Option
    • Outdoor Education
    • Team Building
    • Duration: 2hrs

Dolphin World Program

  • Our Dolphin World Program provides children an introduction into the natural lives of dolphins and w...[more]
    • Duration: 1hrs

Intro to plastic pollution

  • Plastic Pollution Solutions highly engaging and interactive session educates and engages students on...[more]
    • Enviro Care
    • Duration: 1hrs
Activities

Ben Wittkopp - Carmel College

 ” Our College has been extremely fortunate to have shared in Rhett’s incredible biological knowledge of both the local ecology surrounding Hasting’s Point and the interactions amongst globally connected ecosystems. Rhett not only has a unique knowledge and skill set, but exhibits highly effective communication and social interaction with school staff and students. With the recent change in the QLD Senior Syllabus, Rhett was only too happy to collaboratively work with us to modify and redesign our experiences to meet the mandatory pracs, giving a substantial amount of his time and wisdom to assist us in this process. After 10 years of Biology camps led by Rhett, I can honestly say that each and every student (and staff member) has left in awe and admiration of Rhett Brambleby, and we look forward to many more years working together. “

Hamish Inksetter - Lindisfarne

” For the past 15 years, I have been arranging excursions to Hastings Point for students from Year 7 to Year 11. Originally, we visited the old caravans where Ted Brambleby had set up his Marine Biology display. With time, this evolved into the new facility at North Star Holiday Park and a transfer of responsibility from Ted to Rhett. These excursions to Hastings Point became something of a rite of passage for our students and an occasion that I looked forward to each year. The knowledge and passion that both Ted and Rhett communicate through their teaching is a vital component of our student’s science education. The “Hands on” approach to ecology and the “Warts and all” explanation of the state of our oceans is an experience that would be hard to replicate anywhere else. In an academic world more and more constructed around virtual teaching aids, the reality of Rhett’s presentations is refreshing.

I would whole-heartedly recommend Rhett Brambleby and his crew to anyone considering an excursion in connection to any of the junior ecology topics or senior studies involved in the environment. You will not be disappointed. “