Several NT teachers have developed units of work based on visits to the Alice Springs Desert Park

If you have a unit of work to share with other teachers through this site please contact the Desert Park.

A unit of work designed for year 2/3 students to investigate the question "Is a bat a bird?"

A unit of work in which primary students investigate how they can save water and take action to promote change. The unit includes 2 visits to the Desert Park to investigate how desert plants and animals have adapted to be Water Wise

A unit of work originally designed for year 1 and 2 students studying Australian animals and their classification. The unit includes several Desert Park visits which focus in detail on a particular animal group and includes specialist guide talks

This is a unit of work designed for a group of year 6 students going on a school camp to a waterhole (Ormiston Gorge). It can be adapted for other age groups and for other water holes. Preliminary activities may be run at the Desert Park prior to your field trip. All equipment for the activities can be borrowed from the Desert Park

Insects make excellent classroom pets as they are low maintenance and allow students to study their complete life cycle in a relatively short period of time. This is a whole suite of activities that you could use for studying insects with your class. Stick insects and blistered pyrgomorphs can be obtained from the Desert Park. Information about caring for the insects can be obtained from specialist keepers, and specialist guide talks can also be arranged

This is an electronic copy of the NT board of studies resource book originally created for teachers of indigenous students. The resource looks at adaptation of animals and plants across the NT. Many of the Central Australian examples can be seen at the Alice Springs Desert Park

The Alice Springs Desert Park provides an excellent context for indigenous students to develop their English Language skills. This resource provides extensive teacher notes, both on ESL teaching and on the Park, and 3 habitat based worksheets, each at two different levels.






One of the ways that Desert Park visitors learn about our deserts is through the audio guide. This activity invites students to create their own audioguide using podcasting. Podcasts can be created for different audiences and for different purposes. They can also be created in any language, thus there is a wide variety of potential learning outcomes from this task.

This is a resource created by local teacher Heather Myers, for team building at the Desert Park