Arid Recovery offers a range of educational experiences for institutions (Scouts groups, Operation Flinders) and students from junior primary all the way through secondary school and up to University level courses. Our programme of workshops provides an exiting, fun and enriching outdoor learning experience to engage students in learning about conservation and restoration of an arid environment. Visits are customised to each group to suit different education levels and learning styles. We offer a number of workshops that are designed to be hands on and have a strong team emphasis that will leave students with new skills and knowledge to take home. Read through our fees and Reserve facilities information to see what we have to offer!


What your visit might look like

Day 1   
Group arrives at Arid Recovery, welcome, safety induction 
16:30 Set up the campsite and bedrooms
17:00 Cage trapping workshop (set up the traps)
17:30 Natural history walk to the viewing platform for sunset
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Nocturnal walk to the viewing hide
19:30 Animal processing
21:00 Lights out
Day 2
07:30 Breakfast
08:00 Scats and Tracks workshop
09:30 Fence building workshop
11:30 Pack up camp and depart
  Why not stay another night and add some of our other workshops


The following workshops are available for education visits at the Arid Recovery Reserve.

GPS Scavenger Hunt
Learn the wonders and powers of GPS units including location, distance and directional information, tracking and route creation.
Scats and Tracks
Herbivores, omnivores and carnivores, can you guess whose scat is whose? An early morning walk along the dunes will reveal the enormous amount of activity from our diverse range of animals the night before. Why not tie it in with a walk outside the Reserve to spot the differences!
Cage Trapping
A nocturnal walk isn't complete without having the chance to see our threatened mammal species up close and personal. Have a go at being an ecologist for the night and record real data that will contribute to our database.
Landscapes and Landforms
Arid Recovery is set amongst rolling dunes and cracking clay 'swales'. Use the vegetation and soil types to map the differences encountered at the Reserve. 
Try your hand at learning some of the 400 plant species that are found in and around the Arid Recovery Reserve. Perhaps you'd like to learn how to make a herbarium or you'd like to discover the adaptations of different plant species.
Fence building
Our best defence is our fence! Learn the ropes on how we keep on top of our 80 km of predator and rabbit proof fencing. You'll learn the specifics on how the fence functions and the importance of fenced reserves in Australia. This is a free workshop. 

Tracking animals is a key component of life at Arid Recovery. A transmitter attached to the animals send out a signal in the form of radio waves, just as a radio station does. We use a VHF receiver to locate the animal and we keep track of the signal by following the animal. This helps us piece together information about habitat use and longevity.

Invasive plant species management
Buffel grass is an invasive weed species taking over arid Australia. Learn what is needed to keep on top of this declared noxious weed. Students will practice plant identification, physical removal (and chemical demonstration) and aftercare. 



Workshops   Fee 
Day Reserve workshops 2 hrs (up to 15 students, includes 1 free teacher)   $100 per group minimum, 
$6 additional person thereafter
Nocturnal Reserve workshops including trapping and processing (up to 15 students, includes 1 free teacher) 2.5 hrs   $150 per group minimum,
$15 additional person thereafter
Accommodation Type   Fee
Reserve - Bunkhouse (12 beds available)   $15 pp pn
Reserve - camping   $10 pp pn
Camp 4   $10 pp pn

Reserve facilities

On site accommodation is situated within the first expansion area of the reserve and is located approximately 22km drive north of Roxby Downs.  Facilities are basic within a bush setting and include bunk room accommodation (two rooms with 6 bunk beds and mattresses in each, hot shower, long drop toilet, fully equipped kitchen with fridge, gas stove, BBQ, crockery and cutlery can be hired in a set of 4, tables, chairs etc, large veranda area, laundry sink and car park area. Limited solar power is available; this cannot be used to charge equipment and is solely for running the fridge and lighting at the ATCO. You may use the fridge during your stay but it is to be emptied and cleaned on departure. All pantry foods are to be stored in mouse proof sealed containers.

There is also room for tents and caravans.  There is no phone or office facilities on site, however there is mobile coverage for Telstra and Optus over most of the Reserve. On site accommodation is not air-conditioned and we recommend only using this accommodation between April and October.

We take safety seriously at Arid Recovery and we encourage all teachers and supervising adults to read the following risk assessment thoroughly and be familiar with safety procedures relating to a visit to the Arid Recovery Reserve.

Schools Risk Assessment


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Arid recovery is a conservation initiative supported by:
adelaide university