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Educational Attractions for Students

Mt Piper Power Station Energy Expo and Plant Tours
Mt Piper Power Station Energy Expo and Plant Tours

Delta Energy Expo at Mt Piper Power Station (24kms North West of Lithgow) has a comprehensive schools education program on how electricity is made, not just in thermal power plants, but all other sources for electrical energy and related environmental factors. Coal - its history, production, availability, delivery, quality, impact on society and interaction with the community are covered in the program. The interactive expo displays and models combined with tours of the power station itself provide a hands-on learning experience from Years 4 - 6 to University. Excellent picnic facilities are available in the grounds. Meals can also be arranged.

Topics of Interest: Science and technology, geology, geography, history, engineering physics, environment.

Name
Wolf Kempa
Company
Mt Piper Power Station Energy Expo and Plant Tours
Street Address
350 Boulder Road Portland (via Lithgow) NSW 2847 Australia
Telephone
+61 2 6354 8173
Facsimile
+61 2 6354 8112
Email
Web Site
www.de.com.au
Edge Giant Screen Cinema
Edge Giant Screen Cinema

The Edge Giant Screen Cinema documentary film explores breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains, early colonial settlement, underground caves, Aboriginal history and the world's oldest living tree species, the Wollemi Pine. Students will gain an insight into the geographical evolution of this World Heritage area and the management practices that have been put in place to protect the flora and fauna of the Blue Mountains for future generations.

The Edge Cinema is recognised as an excellent educational resource especially for the junior and senior geography syllabuses. Topics of Interest: Human impact on the Blue Mountains; Environmental management; Interactions of people with environments including local, regional and national; Conservation; Ecological sustainability; Tourism and its impacts; Physical processes; European impact: Geographical diversity and Aboriginal studies.

Position
Group Bookings
Company
Edge Giant Screen Cinema
Street Address
225 Great Western Highway Katoomba NSW 2780 Australia
Telephone
+61 2 4782 8900
Facsimile
+61 2 4782 4002
Email
Web Site
www.edgecinema.com.au
Eskbank House
Eskbank House

Eskbank House and Museum is a historic home that dates from 1842 and was once the hub of iron, steel and political life in Lithgow. Now restored as a museum, its collections include fine furniture, rare Lithgow Pottery, domestic, farming and agricultural equipment, textiles, steam engines and historic photographs. A programme of revolving exhibitions, including community art and travelling displays from major institutions, ensures variety for repeat visitors. Eskbank House is an ideal venue for education and qualified staff can cater tours to meet syllabus or subject requirements for students of all ages. Older students are invited to consider work experience or internships.

Topics of Interest: Australian history and heritage, industrialisation design and manufacturing, ceramics, textiles, arts and culture.

Company
Eskbank House
Street Address
Bennett Street Lithgow NSW 2790 Australia
Telephone
+61 2 6351 3557
Email
Web Site
www.lithgow.com/eskbank/
Hartley Historic Site
Hartley Historic Site

Hartley Historic Site is a well preserved 19th century village on the western edge of the Blue Mountains. Consisting of 17 buildings of historic significance, the village dates from 1837 when the Greek Revival Courthouse was constructed to deal with the large numbers of convicts in the area. The village grew around the Courthouse and houses, Inns, Churches, a post office and garages were also built. The village is set amongst pastures, orchards, native vegetation, and is surrounded by the escarpment of the Blue Mountains. Hartley was reserved as a historic site for the protection of a substantial and well-preserved remnant of one of the first rural settlements west of the Blue Mountains, one which played an essential role in the development of inland Australia.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service specialise in the delivery of Stage 2 - Colonization and Stage 3 - Gold Tours. Both have been developed as integrated programs linking the HSIE, English, Creative Arts, PDHPE, Science and Technology, and Mathematics Syllabus to maximise the benefits of the visit for students and teachers. Lesson plans and support documentation are provided to teachers when bookings are confirmed. Tailored packages can be developed upon request - please contact the Site Manager to discuss.

Name
Steve Ring
Company
Hartley Historic Site
Street Address
Great Western Highway Hartley NSW Australia
Telephone
+61 2 6355 2117
Email
Web Site
www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Jenolan Caves Students
Jenolan Caves Students

Jenolan Caves Students can enjoy a unique educational experience, within a World Heritage area, at Jenolan Caves, the world's oldest discovered open caves system. Jenolan's experienced and nationally accredited caves guides are committed to conserving and protecting the environment, while catering for a wide range of activities to suit the educational needs of all students, K-12.

Our education programs incorporate all areas of the school curriculum and can be tailored to meet specific needs. Programs focus on understanding the environment through adventure, challenge, teamwork and fun! The limestone karst area provides an understanding of local geomorphology and landscapes, the importance of tourism conservation and an understanding of cultural development.

Jenolan Caves is best described as "Nature's Classroom". The truly unique surrounds offer students the opportunity to experience rare wildlife, unchanged and contrasting ecosystems, and geological formations wilder than the imagination. Students experience learning through Adventure Caving (which can include abseiling) bush navigation/orienteering, Environmental Studies walk, Streamwatch and guided tours through a choice of fabulous show caves.

Great facilities, accommodation and meals are available at historic Jenolan Caves House, a short stroll from the caves.

Topics of Interest: History, geology, English, biology, chemistry, music, mathematics, English, tourism, human society and its environment, and personal development.

Position
Manager Corporate Functions & Events
Company
Jenolan Caves
Street Address
Jenolan Caves NSW 2790 Australia
Telephone
+61 2 6359 3983
Facsimile
+61 2 6359 3083
Email
Web Site
www.jenolancaves.org.au
Mt Tomah Botanic Garden
Mt Tomah Botanic Garden

Mt Tomah Botanic Garden is the cool-climate garden of the Botanic Gardens Trust Sydney. It covers more than 200 hectares on the summit of a basalt-capped peak, 1000 metres above sea level, in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains. Students can explore pristine rainforest, heath lands, hanging swamps and sandstone formations. Wilderness tours into the area provide an opportunity for visitors to experience and learn about the unique flora of the Blue Mountains.

The diversity of the themed displays at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden enables the creation of a safe yet exhilarating education experience. Take a behind-the-scenes look at a grove of rare Wollemi Pines, this is the first place these dinosaur trees have been planted in their natural habitat.

Topics of Interest: Geology, Human society and its environment, Science and technology, Aboriginal Studies, four seasons, sustainability, Links to all subjects.

Position
Community Education Officer
Company
Mt Tomah Botanic Garden
Street Address
Bells Line of Road Mount Tomah NSW 2758 Australia
Telephone
+61 2 4567 3015
Facsimile
+61 2 4567 2037
Email
Web Site
www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/mount_tomah_botanic_garden
Scenic World
Scenic World

Scenic World is the ideal place to introduce students to the natural environment of the World Heritage-listed area that is the Blue Mountains.

There is no easier way to get to and from the ancient Jamison Valley than on the Scenic Railway and Scenic Cableway. The rides connect to the Scenic Walkway - almost three kilometres of elevated boardwalk along which students can observe the flora and fauna of the temperate rainforest; and learn about the mining heritage of the area.

Teachers may lead their own tours ('Rides Only') or we can arrange for a trained guide to accompany the class ('Rides & Guide').

Children from Kindergarten to Year 8 will get the most out of the experience through a 'Rides & Guide' tour. This will normally start with a ride into the valley on the world's steepest passenger railway. The guide will escort the group along the walkway, past the old coalmines and through the rainforest. They will return to the cliff top on the cableway, a gentle 500 metre ride that offers spectacular views, including the Three Sisters, Orphan Rock and Katoomba Falls. During busy times, the trip may start with the cableway and return via the railway.

Whether on a 'Rides Only' or 'Rides & Guide' tour, teachers will be able to use the Rainforest classroom on the walkway for review. The class may also take in a short and informative video about the area in the Scenic Cinema.

Position
Education Officer
Company
Scenic World
Street Address
Cnr Violet Street & Cliff Drive Katoomba, Australia NSW 2780 Australia
Telephone
+61 47 800 200 or 1300 SKYWAY
Facsimile
+61 2 4782 5675
Email
Web Site
www.scenicworld.com.au
Zig Zag Railway
Zig Zag Railway

Zig Zag Railway is internationally acclaimed as one of the great railway engineering wonders of the 19th century. Designed by John Whitton, Engineer in Chief of the NSW Government Railways 1857 -1890, its purpose was to bring the Great Western Railway Line from the top of the Blue Mountains, down a sheer precipice into the Lithgow Valley. The single track line passes through two tunnels and over three magnificent sandstone viaducts built of locally quarried sandstone.

With the opening of the new double track line in 1910 the old track fell into disrepair until 1968 when a group of enthusiasts commenced negotiations to establish a steam tourist railway in NSW.

Steam and or diesel trains now depart every day except Christmas day from Clarence Station at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

School programs, and times, can be tailored to meet your schools needs. An ideal venue for education groups and school excursions, where learning is part of the fun!

Topics of Interest: Australian History, Transport, Science and Technology.

Position
Education Officer
Company
Zig Zag Railway
Street Address
Clarence Railway Station Clarence (via Lithgow) NSW Australia
Telephone
+61 2 6355 2955
Facsimile
+61 2 6355 2954
Email
Web Site
www.zigzagrailway.com.au

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