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Programs

School programs provide opportunities for students to connect with desert flora and fauna and Aboriginal culture, build their understandings, and be empowered to take action to help save wildlife.

The Desert Park offers guided and self-guided tour programs for local, remote and interstate students in the areas of science, flora and fauna, geography and history - all specific to Central Australia.

All school groups must be pre-booked using the school booking form.

NT School Special Program

The desert has many stories to share and throughout the year we celebrate these stories with specialised talks and activities for local schools.

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Self-guided

If you would prefer to explore the Desert Park independently and teach your students about wildlife, conservation and culture head to what’s on to plan your visit. It is recommended to arrive 30 minutes prior to a schedule presentation. Priority is given to the general public. Public presentations are limited to 40 to 60 people per presentation with exception of the Nature Theatre with seating for 230.

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Discovery Session

Sessions range from 45 to 60 minutes (including a discovery return walk from the entrance) and the topic can be tailored to the age group of students. Please select one session from the following categories:

Desert plants

  • Desert Loving Plants
  • Nature’s Food Basket
  • Nature’s Boarding House
  • Surprising Spinifex.

Desert animals

  • Animals of the Night
  • Threatened Species
  • Life in the Pouch
  • Desert Invertebrates.

Desert people

  • Survival in the Desert
  • Language and Culture
  • Journey through Desert Art
  • Bush Food and Medicine.

Alternatively if you have a topic in mind, please provide background on the booking for consideration from our team.

Departure: Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm.
Capacity: maximum 75 people.

Download the Discovery Session information flyer (213.2 kb)

Cultural Walk

What is it we humans need to survive?

Meet a guide on arrival to begin your discovery. Be involved in interactive activities that share knowledge on belonging to and looking after the land, its plants and animals and each other. Walk from Desert Rivers to Sand Country learning about how to find water in the desert and different tracks and tools used by desert Aboriginal people. In the park’s Nocturnal House learn about hunting and sign language before continuing the journey to the Nature Theatre to be enthralled by birds of prey and other predators of the desert. An Aboriginal guide is not guaranteed, however the Desert Park will endeavour to meet the request.

Inclusions:

  • Two and a half hour exclusive guided tour.
  • Exploration of Aboriginal culture, plants and animals.
  • Guided tour of Nocturnal House.
  • Nature Theatre - free flying bird presentation.

Departure: Seven days a week departing at 8am, 9.45am, 1.30pm or 3.15pm (winter).
Capacity: minimum of 15 and maximum 75 people.

Download the Cultural Walk information flyer (185.2 kb)

Nocturnal Tour

Step inside the Mulga Walk enclosure for an evening of adventure and discovery. Spotlight endangered and extinct animals no longer found in Central Australian deserts including mala and bilby in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges. Students will learn about endangered species of the desert and how they can make a difference.

Inclusions:

  • One hour spotlighting tour in the Mulga Walk habitat, an exclusive area not available to the public during the day.
  • A chance to see rare and endangered animals.
  • Includes head torch for every person.

Helpful hints:

  • Cameras are welcome but no flash photography please.
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes, bring water, insect repellent (optional) and warm clothes in winter.
  • Groups should arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure times.

Departure: 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Capacity: minimum of 15 and maximum 45 people.

Download the Nocturnal Tour information flyer (169.7 kb)

Desert Expedition

Students will spend the afternoon discovering how the country around them is ancient, alive, exciting and dynamic. Walk with expert guides and meet specialist zookeepers to learn about the plants, animals and people of the Central Australian desert. Finish with a spotlighting tour in a predator proof enclosure at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Inclusions:

  • Discovery walk with expert guides to learn about desert plants, animals and people discover threatened and endangered animal species with a zookeeper.
  • Exclusive Animal Encounter.
  • Guided tour of the Nocturnal House.
  • Reserved seating for Nature Theatre - free flying bird presentation.
  • Exclusive presentation.
  • One hour spotlighting Nocturnal Tour.

Departure: available Monday to Friday.
Winter (1 April to 30 September) - arrive at 12.30pm to enjoy lunch at the Desert Park (at own expense) for a 1.15pm departure. Concludes at 8pm.
Summer (1 October to 31 March) - arrive at 1pm to enjoy lunch at the Desert Park (at own expense) for a 2pm departure. Concludes at 9pm.
Capacity: minimum of 15 and maximum 45 people.
Catering: Catering (lunch / dinner) is not included in the tour. There are several facilities to enjoy meal breaks which can be discussed on booking. Alternatively, catering can be arranged at an additional cost.

Sample schedule: Please note this is an example only and will be tailored to each group.

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