Outdoor Learning & Leadership Program
The shape of the week-long program we’re developing at present is about walking on the land following the songlines.
The journey will start at Colac off the train, follow the Beechy Rail trail to Gellibrand, welcome to country at the Gellibrand River – an important crossing of songlines and then progress up to the top of the highest ridge of the Otway Ranges.
We will then progress down to Triplet Falls, descending through the ranges to the Redwoods into the coastal valley on the Great Ocean Road, into remnant temperate rainforest. The journey continues to explore the coastal paths of Cape Otway, the Lighthouse, Point Franklin, a beach dinosaur fossil excavation site, a leg of the Great Ocean Walk around Cape Otway to Rainbow Falls and onto Aire River and the estuary and conﬂuence of the Aire, Calder and Ford rivers.
There will be opportunities to fish and hunt eel and cook up the catch. There will be an opportunity to canoe through the estuary and upriver on the Aire river.
The themes of the journey are to walk over and observe clues of the layers of the formation, habitation. occupation, environmental change and use – from the time of dinosaurs and ancient ﬂora to the indigenous habitation and management over millennia, then the use and industry from the beginning of colonial occupation from the sea and forest industry.
We will ponder on modern understandings of our collective impact on the land, looking back over the way the land has changed and been understood in many different ways. Our journey will focus on mindfulness. environmental diversity, biology, geography, history, personal and social capabilities.
Map to curriculum in the areas of:
- Indigenous history and culture unit
- Personal & social capabilities
Vision (draft): Sharing our community and learning together in wild and ancient landscapes through student led place based education.
Mission (draft): To provide the opportunity for as many students as possible to participate in student negotiated learning experiences in our ancient and diverse environment.
Eve Hiland & Kirrin Brown