Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre

Through outdoor education, Wollangarra aims to provide a small but vital step towards a healthier environment, a stronger community and happier young people. We believe that by doing rather than talking, and fixing rather than complaining, we can help young people to see environmental issues as exciting and demanding challenges to the way we live, rather than as endlessly depressing and negative threats to our future.

Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre
343 Heyfield-Licola Road
Licola, Victoria 3858
Australia
613 5148 0492
http://www.wollangarra.org.au

Directors

Lisa & Chad O'Donnell

Management Team

Clare Easton, Raku Pitt

Board of Directors

Ross Richards, Brad Woods, Jodie Steel, Helen Collins, Clare Easton, David Cadogan, Hamish Macrae, Aleks Svazas, Lucy Vardy, Sonja Patterson, Rob Gilder, Christine Hill, Paul Whiley, Gabrielle Bridge, Geordie McCallum, Raku Pitt

Project Leaders

Gabrielle Bridge

Mission

Through outdoor education, Wollangarra aims to provide a small but vital step towards a healthier environment, a stronger community and happier young people. We believe that by doing rather than talking, and fixing rather than complaining, we can help young people to see environmental issues as exciting and demanding challenges to the way we live, rather than as endlessly depressing and negative threats to our future.

Programs

Wollangarra operates a three stage program. Stage 1: Meeting the Mountains is our introductory program where young people spend five days living in and learning about the bush. The lifestyle is very simple, without any electricity, timetables, mobile phones or modern luxuries. There is a strong emphasis on community. The young people go on a hike through spectacular mountain country and we try to foster an awareness for the natural environment and a desire to look after it. Stage 2: Helping the Mountains is a follow up program where young people come to Wollangarra in their school holidays. This six day program also involves hiking combined with practical work on a conservation project in the mountains. This could include rubbish removal, walking track maintenance, tree planting, erosion control, weed management or high country hut maintenance. We aim to show young people that there are practical ways to make a positive difference to the natural environment, and we encourage them to get involved in projects within their own communities at home. Stage 3: Adopting the Mountains is a program that gives young people the opportunity to plan and undertake projects of their own, under their own steam. Wollangarra has a Stage 3 Facilitator to provide guidance and support to young people, but they are largely independent. They organise conservation work in the mountains around Wollangarra, and also in the their own communities. Many Stage 3 program participants become volunteers and long term supporters of Wollangarra.

Statistics on Wollangarra Outdoor Education Centre

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2011: $237,320
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $237,320
  • Other funding sources: 85% income generating projects, 12% donations, 3% interest
  • Religious Affiliation: None
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