Educational rationale

The Forest Classroom is designed to be an immersive learning environment where students spend as much time outdoors as possible.

The more time spent in nature, the more observant students become of what is around them. This then heightens observations such as seeing and hearing the sounds of the forest around them.

Students are also encouraged to investigate items of interest that they discover in the park. This could lead to research in the local flora and fauna, how the park is managed, history of the park and of the Kokoda campaign, or how the public uses national parks for leisure, relaxation and fitness.

The educational program is entirely up to the teacher on what to include. Sample activities and ideas are provided as a starting point. Discussions with the park's Education Officer will also give you ideas on how to structure the program to best meet the needs and interests of your students.