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Canoeing the Murray from Tocumwal to Morgans Mill for one last camp


Outdoor and Environmental Studies (OES) – Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

In the second and third weeks of Term 3, the two VCE Unit 4 OES classes braved the mighty Murray River for a self-sufficient, multi-day canoe journey.

Students packed their clothes, stoves, tents and sleeping equipment into waterproofed barrels and dry bags. They packed the equipment into boats and headed off down the river, from Tocumwal to Morgans Mill.

For three days and two nights, the students learnt about the natural and cultural significance of the Murray River and Barmah National Park. They analysed why the area is important for individual wellbeing and for the future of society, both locally and nationally. Students observed the characteristics of healthy outdoor environments including air, water and soil quality, biodiversity, pests and introduced species. They also explored concepts of environmental and individual human health and it can be connected through business, agriculture, tourism, recreation and culture. 

Students were treated to an introduction to the Barmah National Park by local Traditional Owners and Parks Victoria rangers. They learnt about joint management as well as the process that led to the establishment of the National Park. On the first night of camp, students participated in a ‘solo’ cooking experience to demonstrate the skills they had learnt over the course of six VCE ‘Outdoor Ed’ camps. 

This was the last camp for OES Units 3 and 4 students and everyone enjoyed the final night spent reminiscing around the campfire and sharing positive memories of their experiences.