What is the Alice Springs Desert Park?

The Alice Springs Desert Park is a habitat based nature park.

Three desert habitats are represented in their entirety - Desert Rivers , Sand Country and Woodland .

The plants and animals are shown as part of the habitat in which they are usually found.

Butterfly on daisy flowers
A well camouflaged long nose dragon

Stories of how people have lived and continue to live as part of these ecosystems are illustrated. The roles of fire and water are presented. The overall focus is on how both living and non-living components of these habitats are linked in complex webs of interdependence.

Information for kids such as nature notes , culture notes , and fun stuff can all be found on the Desert Park Website in the 'Hey kids' section. This also contains information for teachers .

Major Features of the Desert Park:
· Exhibition Centre with displays and a film introducing life in the desert over time
· Three arid zone habitats:- Desert Rivers, Sand Country, Woodland
· Aviaries in every habitat
· Many species of desert plants with labels explaining aboriginal use
· Nocturnal House including threatened species of the arid zone
· Walk through kangaroo exhibit
· Nature Theatre featuring birds of prey
· Guided walks and talks on topics ranging from bush tucker to nocturnal life

A visit to the Desert Park will give students:
· An understanding that the country around them is alive, exciting and dynamic
· An awareness of the complexity of the habitats they encounter
· Cross-cultural awareness and appreciation
· An appreciation that the desert is an enjoyable place to visit and worth protecting