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Awabakal Environmental Education Centre

Awabakal EEC

Awabakal Environmental Education Centre, is a NSW Department of Education school. The Centre has two campuses, the Dudley Campus, located adjacent to Awabakal Nature Reserve and the Wetlands Campus, located within the grounds of the Hunter Wetlands Centre. 

Awabakal Environmental Education Centre provides environmental and sustainability education for students and teachers in Newcastle and the Hunter Region. All programs reflect the NSW curriculum outcomes and the Department Environmental Education Policy for Schools requirements. Staff are Department of Education teachers with specialisation in environmental education. 

Awabakal Environmental Education Centre offers a range of educational excursion opportunities for students from Kindergarten to Year 12. 

The Dudley Campus has been operating since 1976 and is one of the oldest Environmental Education Centres in the state. This Campus sits on the edge of Awabakal Nature Reserve, with outdoor learning spaces, classroom and access to walking trails. 

The Wetlands Campus, located at Hunter Wetlands Centre, Australia, a 45 hectare site located west of Newcastle in the Hunter Region of NSW. It includes natural, rehabilitated and artificial wetlands surrounded by landscaped gardens attracting many wetland animals, including over 200 bird species throughout the year. The centre sits on Awabakal Country.

The school education program is offered through a purpose built centre, which includes a classroom, science laboratory and theatre. 

Awabakal Environmental Education Centre excursions are conducted on our campus locations in addition to a range of locations including Awabakal Nature Reserve, Glenrock State Conservation Area, Merewether Beach, Redhead Beach, Stockton Beach, Kooragang Island, Nobbys Beach, Newcastle Foreshore and inner city Newcastle. 

Visit Awabakal EEC website

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