Toohey Forest Environmental Education Centre is located within the sustainably designed Griffith University EcoCentre. The two dedicated teaching areas provide for a combined maximum of 60 students per day (Years 4-12) or 50 students per day (Prep-3).
The Canopy Room area includes a variety of static and interactive displays, including live animal enclosures featuring a variety of local species of reptile. The Understorey Room caters specifically for activities involving water, microscopes or those requiring an open layout. Both teaching spaces provide for the inclusion of digital resources in the delivery of programs.
Select programs involve students engaging in activities in Toohey Forest. In addition, teaching staff are able to offer select programs at suitable locations in the Greater Brisbane region. Refer to the Programs and Activities for further details.
The Canopy Room is a unique classroom facility that features the latest in digital audio-visual equipment. Students are immersed in a natural history environment that includes live native animal exhibits, preserved specimens, and a variety of static interactive displays. Animals that call the classroom home include a carpet python, blue-tongue lizards, water dragon, freshwater turtles and native fish among others. Digital displays provide information on real-time solar energy generation and internal and external temperatures. The visual nature of the Canopy Room means that students are never short of stimulus material to engage the senses and challenge their knowledge and understanding.
The Understorey Room, as the name suggests, is located beneath the canopy room on the ground floor of the EcoCentre. The Understorey Room features a picturesque outlook of tree ferns and mat-rush surrounding a small freshwater pond, opening out to the heath understory of Toohey Forest beyond.
The large (approximately 80m2), open layout lends itself to multiple applications, including the microscopic examination of water samples and live specimens collected as part of various student programs.
Students utilise digital technologies to enable real-time output from stereo microscopes to a large 65” LCD screen. Students are able to record digital stills and movies featuring live microscopic specimens in astounding detail.