Work with our education team to co-ordinate activities that best suit your students, and your available time.
We offer a range of activities to enhance student learning in areas like farming, transport, environment and Australian history. These include activities at the Pioneer Settlement as well as throughout the Swan Hill region.
All educational programs offered are structured to suit all student levels. Some activities are free of charge, while others have a per student fee.
You can use our suggested camp itineraries, or work with our education team to create your own. Activities on offer include:
- Pioneer Activity Program – A hands-on program where students are placed into small groups and rotate through a series of 30 minute activities. Activities can include pioneer games and toys, pioneer school, peg doll making, building, blacksmithing, Morse code, rope making, pioneer laundry and Photo Parlour.
- Study tour – A conducted tour with emphasis on transport and technology, including land and river, domestic life, pioneer technology, technological change, agricultural machinery, building and materials.
- Indigenous Culture – Lessons in the traditional Aboriginal ways. The presenter weaves a story about life in pre-European times and incorporates an environmental message. It includes examples and explanations of scar trees, canoe trees and ring trees, aspects of the hunting-gathering culture, and the roles of various tribe members. An extended two-hour program is also offered, and includes a bush tucker tasting plate.
- Mystery trails – Several mystery trail activities are available where students explore the Settlement and discover the answers to the questions provided.
- Murray River Cruise – A one-hour cruise aboard the PS Pyap paddlesteamer. The Captain narrates the riverboat history, talking about the influence this form of transport had on early settlement along the river and the natural environment. The river at Swan Hill is the most unregulated section of the Murray.
- Butter churning
- Lamington making
- Horse drawn vehicle rides
- Vintage car rides
- Print Shop tour of technology
- Music Shop music and movement
- Visit to Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery – The gallery has an excellent permanent exhibition as well as touring exhibitions. This is a great way to introduce students to the world of art.
- Visit to Lake Boga Observatory (evening excursion) – The Lake Boga Observatory and Planetarium houses one of Victoria’s most powerful telescopes. This visit is an exciting way to enhance your students’ environmental studies and introduce them to astronomy.
- Visit to Lake Boga Catalina Flying Boat Museum – Get up close to a World War II flying boat, see authentic World War II artefacts, visit the secret underground communications bunker and learn about our region’s important role in the war.
- Nyah Forest Outdoor Education Program – An accredited outdoor education teacher takes the students on a discovery tour of the natural environment along the banks of the Murray River. Students will learn about the culturally significant Aboriginal sites like middens, scar trees, ring trees and canoe trees. They will also see wildlife and birdlife in their natural habitat and learn basic bush survival skills.