Issue 4, 2021

Catholic Education South Australia

Happy New Year!

The Marine Discovery Centre is now open for School Excursions! 

The Marine Discovery Centre has celebrated 23 years of running primary school excursion programs, teaching over 120,000 children about South Australia’s iconic coastal and marine environments since 1997.

Here’s what teachers, students and parents have said about these hands-on excursions:

"Thank you so much for the wonderful day you organised for us. We enjoyed it immensely and learnt many new interesting facts." — Year 1 Class, 2019

"Thank you for having us. The year 1's said it was best excursion they've ever been on" - Rosalie, Teacher, 2020

"Our daughter had the best day and it's reinforced her dream of becoming a marine scientist."— Diana, Parent, 2019

I just wanted to share how amazed we all were with our visit to your fantastic program yesterday. Not only with the glorious weather we had (thanks for turning on the sunshine) but for also your kind and thoughtful staff that run this fantastic education and fun program. All the children and educators had so much fun and shared all their stories of what they enjoyed on the journey back to our VC site and then again with their families when they left for home. – OSHC Director, 2021

Click here to download the 2021 Excursions and Incursions program. Teaching resources are available. Programs relate directly to themes in the Australian Curriculum in areas such as Science, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Geography and Sustainability. Click here for available teaching resources.

Hands-on excursions really bring units of work to life for students.
Our team at the Marine Discovery Centre hope to connect you and your students with the marine world through our interactive excursions and classroom activities. Learning experiences at the Marine Discovery Centre are facilitated by qualified marine scientists and a cultural educator.

The Marine Discovery Centre is closely aligned with ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) particularly the cross-curriculum priorities of Sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. 

*Bookings are essential. Minimum class charge of 15 students (60 max).

**Cost (ExGST): $15.00 per student. Teachers and Adult Helpers FREE.

Click here to download a sample timetable of activities (program runs 9.45am to 2pm +/- 30mins depending on travel flexibility).

Click here for online bookings

Or contact us for further details and bookings




2021 introduction video for school students

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MDC secures $95,299 grant from Green Adelaide

The Marine Discovery Centre is honoured to announce we are the recipient of the Green AdelaideGrassroots grant for the amount of $95,299.00.

Read More

David Speirs, Minister for Environment October 2020 visit

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Supporting the Adelaide Dolphin Action Group. A great educational resource for kids.

Join Brian Gillan for the launch of his book "Who can save the Dolphins" at the Marine Discovery Centre. A presentation will take place prior to book signing. This is a free event with book purchases available on the day

About the book

Ten year old Sam loves to watch the dolphins playing and frolicking in the river. But her world soon changes when she is jolted into the realisation that there are lethal dangers lurking in the water - and they are killing the dolphins. Sam and her friends could not have foreseen the impact of their quest to save the dolphins, nor the danger they were in.

"Brian Gillan's book is a realistic story of the plight of a dolphin - capturing the attention of the reader, young and old, empowering people to be more careful about the disposal rubbish". Dr Michelle Blewitt, Project Director4, AUSMAP

"...a vivid story about how one young dolphin fell victim to a plastic bag will go a long way toward ensuring young people do not repeat the careless littering mistakes of previous generations." Dr Mike Bossley, Marine Biologist, Conservationist

Tickets are essential. Book online here>