Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre (BBEEC) is one of 26 Environmental and Zoo Education Centres (EZEC) operated by the NSW Department of Education.
Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre actively collaborates across this network to set directions and develop the organisation for environmental and sustainability education. All Environmental Education Centre staff are qualified teachers.
Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre is located in the Visitor Centre of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, in southern Sydney. The site is significant for all Australians as the point of first contact between Aboriginal people of the Dharawal nation and James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour.
The centre supports schools with curriculum implementation across a range of key learning areas. Environmental Education Centre staff design and implement relevant and contemporary teaching and learning programs within the context of the natural, cultural and built environments. There is a strong emphasis on student-centred and inquiry-based learning programs utilising a range of current information and communication technologies. Students can participate in fieldwork excursions, incursions and video conferences.
Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre supports over 11,000 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 per annum including students in rural and remote areas via video conferencing. As well as on site programs at Kurnell, Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre uses other local sites, local schools and presents at a range of education events. The centre has multi-sectoral partnerships to enhance the capacity to create sustainable futures within our school communities.
The teaching and learning in our programs has been carefully planned to be student-focused and driven in line with contemporary educational best practice and curriculum priorities. It clearly focuses on the teaching dimensions of intellectual quality, significance and quality learning environments.