Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre is situated within a 68 hectare reserve on the corner of Leach Highway and Murdoch Drive. The main entrance to the centre is from Leach Highway.
Piney Lakes Reserve is 50 hectares of remnant bushland and wetland, bordered by parklands. The wetland forms part of the Beeliar wetland regional park, a north/south chain of wetlands. The bushland and wetland remnant has been subjected to considerable environmental change since urbanisation resulting in varied bushland condition and increased levels of degradation.
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre has toilet facilities, an amphitheatre, a laboratory and is hired by the public during the day, therefore facilities for school excursions and facilities for the public are on a shared basis.
The centre has parking for up to 50 cars, and a wide turning circle and front door drop-off for buses. One ACROD permit car parking space is available at the front entrance.
The centre is located on Leach Highway and is accessible by public transport. The City of Melville's Travelsmart Officer can assist with public transport information (call 9364 0673).
The Environmental Education Officer, has a Working With Children check and National Police Check, venomous snake handling training and practical experience, as well as Senior First Aid qualifications. Any volunteers acting as Educational Assistants also have a current Working with Children Check.
The centre has full public liability insurance, however this insurance policy does not cover loss of/damage to personal belongings. Please remind your students that they are responsible for their own property at all times whilst on site.
According to our guidelines, school group leaders are responsible for the supervision of visiting groups as part of their duty of care and we ask that you ensure that appropriate standards of behaviour are maintained at all times. Monitoring the physical wellbeing and behaviour of students remains the responsibility of the school at all times.
We have a maximum booking capacity of 30 students per program with no exceptions. We request one supervisor to ten students (ratio of 1:10). The Environmental Education Officer is not included in this supervision ratio.
The Environmental Education Officer carries a mobile phone and first aid kit on her person at all times. She will also carry snake handling apparatus during relevant seasons and activities.
We strongly advise the school supervisor team to bring a mobile phone as part of their communication plan. Please advise the Environmental Education Officer of the mobile number at the time of booking and check this on the day of the excursion.
The emergency evacuation plan will be explained upon arrival at the Centre and applicable safety instructions will be delivered to all teachers, staff and students.
Upon receipt of a booking the Environmental Education Officer will email a detailed booking confirmation. A copy of the guidelines for schools visiting will also be emailed and must be signed before the excursion can commence (please refer to the Visit Guidelines document, attached to the right of page).
The Environmental Education Officer will take the leading role in carrying out the excursion and providing educational materials to user groups, where possible. Students and the school supervisory team will be briefed by the Environmental Education Officer on arrival to Piney Lakes regarding rules and safety protocols concerning visitor conduct.