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SmokingCeremony smallModern science meets traditional wisdom.

This learning experience comprises a unique range of hands-on biological and environmental science activities conducted on the banks of Herdsman Lake. Dreaming-time stories and cultural history lessons from local Aboriginal Elders provide a bridge of common understanding between contemporary and traditional thinking, breaking down cultural barriers as students learn about the modern and ancient ecological footprint.

Aboriginal participants will be empowered from this learning experience with an understanding that they have much value to contribute to environmental science and participation in WA’s sustainable growth.

Hands on experiences may include*:

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• 'Smoking ceremony'/Welcome to Country
• Dreaming stories, Nyungar culture and language
• Bush medicine/bush tucker walk
• Mia Mia building (traditional shelters)
• Nyungar Know How - exploring artifacts
*NOTE: This is the full suite of experiences, your class will participate in a selection (not all) of these activities based on the Aboriginal Education Officers presenting on the day.

Minimum charge of $450 inc GST (which is equivalent to the charge for 30 students)

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Excursion details

Duration: Half-day (3 hours minimum)
Class size: 1 – 2 classes (30 – 60 students) 
Cost: $15.00/student inc GST
Teachers/Parents FREE 
FREE Teacher Resource Pack upon booking


Sharing the Dreaming Application

Sharing the Dreaming app

Open up this innovative, interactive tool and discover the world through the eyes of the Nyungar people, the traditional custodians of Australia’s South-West. Learn about seasons, the Nyungar language, art and share Dreamtime stories. This app is now available from the Apple app store.


Nyungar PosterTraditional Nyungar Living original poster (Preview shown on left - Click here to view full poster.)

Useful Links

Nyungar word list -

"Footprints" movie (Being one with the land) -