Visit our Education Centre
Visit our Earth Science Education Centre for a hands-on-experience
Students discover the earth sciences through curriculum-linked, hands-on activities that keep them captivated, focused and looking for more.
Education Centre Visits during 2021
The Education Centre is now open to booked school groups subject to changes to government advice. COVID-safe practices [PDF 421.3 KB], including contact logging and additional cleaning, have been implemented to ensure the health of staff and visitors is protected.
Bookings for on-site and virtual visits are being accepted, subject to availability.
An Earth Science Excursion
The Geoscience Australia Education Centre offers curriculum-linked education programs designed to immerse students in hands-on geoscientific activities. Facilitated by experienced educators, general and custom-made programs are available to suit individual group needs, ensuring the best possible outcome for students.
While at Geoscience Australia, students will make their mark by adding a layer to our 'visitor book' sediment columns and record an earthquake using our in-house seismograph. Our education programs also utilises the National Mineral Collection which includes a piece of Moon rock on loan from NASA that students can actually touch!
Our on-site education programs
Geoscience Australia's Education Centre offers programs directly linked to the Australian curriculum.
Weathering and Erosion
Age group: Year 3/4
The Weathering and Erosion program focuses on changes that occur in rocks and the landscape as a result of geological processes, and how fossils can give us clues to the past.
ACSU075: Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity.
Age group: Year 5/6
The Hazards program focuses on earthquakes and tsunamis. Students examine real earthquakes recorded by Geoscience Australia seismometers and learn how and where earthquakes and tsunamis are likely to happen. They investigate impacts of geological hazards and Geoscience Australia's role monitoring and warning about potentially hazardous events.
ACSSU096: Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface.
Rocks and Minerals
Age group: Year 8
The Rocks and Minerals program focuses on the rock cycle, identifying rocks through their characteristics, and looking at the different properties, such as lustre, hardness and streak, which help geologists identify minerals. The hands-on component includes identifying mystery rocks.
ACSSU153: Sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks contain minerals and are formed by processes that occur within Earth over a variety of timescales.
Age group: Year 9
The Plate Tectonics program concentrates on the mechanisms of plate tectonics and uses technology to examine the evidence that supports the theory including earthquake depth and frequency, and volcanic activity around the world.
ACSSU180: The theory of plate tectonics explains global patterns of geological activity and continental movement.
Earth and Environmental Science
Age group: Year 11/12
Earth and Environmental Science students can be provided with experiences tailored to the needs of their class. This may include visiting behind the scenes areas of Geoscience Australia and specialist presentations by practising geoscience professionals to look deeper into relevant earth science topics.
As well as general school programs, we can tailor visits to suit your needs within the Earth Science or Geography curricula.
Book a visit with us
Bookings are essential for school group visits. Our calendar is open for up to two years and one month in advance. Please note that we no longer accept school visits on Fridays.
General school visits run for 1.5 hours with a maximum group size of 60 students.
School visits are free.
To request a booking, please copy and paste this template into an email, fill in the details and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Booking requests are not finalised until you receive a confirmation email from Geoscience Australia.
Requested time/s (first booking 9:00-10:30am, last booking 3:30-5:00pm):
Number of students (maximum 60 per session):
Number of staff:
Teacher in charge:
School contact information:
Purpose of visit:
Building opening times
Geoscience Australia is open weekdays during business hours and the Education Centre is open for bookings Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that the Geoscience Australia building is closed over the weekend but the outdoor TimeWalk is accessible at any time.
Venue and safety information
Geoscience Australia is committed to providing a safe and accessible venue for visitors.
During a visit students remain the responsibility of teachers and must be supervised at all times.
- 2021 COVID safety plan [PDF 421.3 KB]
- Venue and safety information [PDF 197.4 KB]
- View our Certificate of Currency [PDF 205.1 KB]
Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Drive
Symonston ACT 2609
Coach parking is available at the front of the site.
Parking for people with disabilities is available near the main entrance to the building. Disabled toilet facilities are provided.
The Education Centre and the National Mineral Collection are both located on the ground floor with easy access for mobility impaired visitors.
Blackstone Café is located on the ground floor of the building and is open to the public from 8am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea can be provided for school groups with prior notice. Contact Blackstone Café on (02) 6249 9149 or email Blackstonecafe@icloud.com.
For further information please contact the Education Centre:
(02) 6249 9673
Geoscience Australia Education Centre
GPO Box 378
Canberra ACT 2601
View some of our exhibits online including our most valuable unseen mineral specimens which are housed in our vault using Google Arts and Culture.