Our school and vacation care programs are an opportunity for the next generation to develop their historical enquiry skills, exercise their imagination, participate in outdoor activities and form lasting friendships.
Escape the classroom and head to Cockatoo Island with your students for an interactive learning experience.
Our two primary school programs – Convict Times and Then, Now and Tomorrow – are an opportunity for students to learn about the historical significance of Cockatoo Island as they engage in dress up and role-play, and interact with artefacts from different eras.
Our two high school programs – Social and Maritime Case Study and History Site Study – are an opportunity for students, including those studying for the HSC, to consider the history of Cockatoo Island from multiple viewpoints and hone their historical enquiry and writing skills.
Owing to its layered history and strong, continued ties to the First Nations, Cockatoo Island is the perfect camping spot for school, scout and youth groups. Enrich your next outing with an overnight stay in our waterfront campground, situated alongside Cockatoo Island’s historic Industrial, Docks and Convict Precincts.
Available Monday during the NSW School Holidays, our vacation care program combines fun activities, outdoor exploration and historical learning. Children will learn about the Island's storied past, including the golden maritime era, as they engage in fun games such as historical roleplay. They will also get to tap into their creativity as they construct ships using LEGO and recyclable materials.
If you are visiting Cockatoo Island on an excursion or with a large group, we would love to hear about it. Registering your excursion with us helps our rangers and visitor services staff plan ahead to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on the Island.