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Experience desert knowledge through a combination of ancient Aboriginal knowledges and the newest STEAM research.

The Desert Knowl­edge Precinc­t’s (DKP) Edu­tourism pro­gram in Alice Springs is an excit­ing new pro­gram that intro­duces stu­dents to desert knowl­edge by com­bin­ing ancient Abo­rig­i­nal knowl­edges with the newest STEAM research.

The pro­gram is a proud part­ner­ship between Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia, Geo­science Aus­tralia, Cen­tre for Appro­pri­ate Tech­nol­o­gy and Batch­e­lor Insti­tute of Indige­nous Ter­tiary Edu­ca­tion, shar­ing our exper­tise in sus­tain­abil­i­ty and inno­va­tion, and pro­mot­ing the unique­ness of Cen­tral Aus­tralia. It con­sists of four pack­ages aligned with the Aus­tralian school cur­ricu­lum, which can be deliv­ered indi­vid­u­al­ly or togeth­er over two full days. Each includes inter­ac­tive hands-on activ­i­ties, engag­ing con­ver­sa­tions with pro­fes­sion­als, and learn­ing resources.

Come and expe­ri­ence the Desert Knowl­edge Precinct in Alice Springs, a wel­com­ing envi­ron­ment that encour­ages learn­ing, knowl­edge shar­ing and col­lab­o­ra­tion. We are proud to show­case the exper­tise we have here on the Precinct, to share our knowl­edge, and to pro­mote our home: the spec­tac­u­lar and unique Cen­tral Aus­tralian desert.

For book­ings, email info@​dka.​com.​au or call (08) 8959 6000.

SOLAR CEN­TRE
Desert Knowl­edge Australia

Stu­dents explore the impor­tance of solar and renew­able ener­gy in our lives. They engage with an engi­neer to learn about our exten­sive solar demon­stra­tion site, with its diverse range of tech­nolo­gies, past, present, and future. 

COUN­TRY AND CUL­TURE
Batch­e­lor Insti­tute of Indige­nous Ter­tiary Education

Stu­dents learn first-hand about Arrernte cul­ture and explore some of the top­ics at the heart of the endur­ing cul­ture of the Arrernte people.

SUP­PORT­ING REMOTE COM­MU­NI­TIES
Cen­tre for Appro­pri­ate Tech­nol­o­gy Ltd

Stu­dents col­lab­o­rate with STEAM pro­fes­sion­als to devel­op cre­ative tech­no­log­i­cal solu­tions to over­come the chal­lenges fac­ing remote communities.

EARTH SELF­IES INCON­NECT­ED WORLD
Geo­science Australia

Stu­dents touch and feel’ the role of satel­lites. They are trained to pilot drones before under­tak­ing chal­lenges that sim­u­late the role of satel­lites in per­form­ing map­ping functions.

1. What age group is the Desert Knowledge Precinct's Edutourism program designed for?
Our program can be delivered to students in Upper Primary, Middle, Senior and Tertiary programs. Sessions can also be tailored for other groups by request.
2. When and where is the program delivered?
All sessions are delivered at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs. Each session lasts approximately 2 hours, and is delivered Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Sessions need to be booked in advance to ensure availability. Choose individual sessions or experience all four packages over two days.
3. How do we get to Alice Springs?
Flights to Alice Springs depart from most Australian capital cities and take between two to three hours.
4. How much does it cost?
Each package costs $25 per person. There must be a minimum of 10 participants in a group, with a maximum of 30.
5. Which organisations are involved in the Edutourism program?
The Edutourism program is a partnership project by Desert Knowledge Australia, Geoscience Australia, Centre for Appropriate Technology, and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. The program also features presentations by renewable energy engineers from Ekistica.
6. Can you also provide catering, accommodation and transport?
Morning tea and lunch can be catered by the Precinct’s café. Accommodation and transport are up to you, but we can give you some ideas if you need them.
7. Is it safe?
A risk assessment has been developed in collaboration with local schools and is available on request.
8. How can I find out more?
Email info@dka.com.au, or call (08) 8959 6000.