Yookamurra Education Program

© Fiona McQueen/AWC
Bilbies, Yookamurra © Steve Parish

Yookamurra Education Program

AWC’s education program at Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Murraylands region of South Australia, with accommodation available for school groups only. Students can stay at the sanctuary for a unique and exciting school camp experience, with AWC staff providing education and activities on threatened species and scientific methods of conservation. With the aim of providing scientific outcomes for students, we have developed a series of guided projects which encourage the students to experience and understand the complex interactions that make up our unique Mallee ecosystem.

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Activities

Some of our school group projects and activities include:

  • Guided Mallee ecology walk – Discover historical and ecological components of a Mallee woodland.
  • What Scat is That? – One of our most popular projects for all age groups. Scat analysis using quadrats and microscopy.
  • Finding Frank: Radio tracking at Yookamurra – Designed for primary and early high school students, learn how we radio track and survey animals using GPS and radio-tracking technology.
  • Earth Moving Mammals – A project for middle-upper high school students to investigate the ecosystem engineering characteristics of our reintroduced threatened mammal species such as the Bettong and Bilby.
Yookamurra Sanctuary © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Accommodation and Facilities

Camp facilities are located within the fenced area of the sanctuary, where feral animals have been removed and locally extinct threatened mammals have been reintroduced, providing a unique environment for students.  We can accommodate up to 38 people at one time. There are four accommodation blocks with four rooms in each block. Each room consists of two single beds, or a single bed and a bunk bed, a small wardrobe and a table. The amenities block is a short walk from the accommodation blocks. Yookamurra has a purpose built Education Centre complete with dining facilities, a fully equipped, commercial-style kitchen and outdoor BBQ.

© Wayne Lawler/AWC
Yookamurra/scotia Mammals © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Pricing & Bookings

A number of great value self-catered packages have been developed for school groups, including day trips and overnight stays. All packages include a guided Mallee ecology walk, a presentation and a science-based guided project and can be adapted to your particular curriculum needs. Prices start from $33 per student for day trips and $42.50 per student for an overnight stay.

For all enquiries and bookings, please contact Helen on +61 8 8562 5011 or yookamurra@australianwildlife.org

Yookamurra Sanctuary © Wayne Lawler/AWC

Getting There

Yookamurra is located 130 kilometres northeast of the city of Adelaide in South Australia. This is only a two hour bus drive from the CBD! It is situated between the Barossa Valley and the Murray River in an area known as the Murraylands.