Curricular - Environmental and Outdoor Science

Environmental and Outdoor Science (EOS) is a course developed by The Riverina Anglican College that combines skill from a number of different subjects. This is achieved through academic study that are able to have a practical application through Adventure Based Experiential Learning found within the Duke Of Edinburgh Scheme.

EOS is an inter-disciplinary study. It supports existing subjects easily and effectively by partnering with other areas of study including Geography, History, Legal Studies, Business Studies, English, Physical Education and Science – especially Biology and Environmental Science – are embedded into the activities and journeys undertaken in the subject.

Adventure Based Experiential Learning is a learning process that draws upon experiences during journeys or through specific activities such as bushwalking, kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling. The focus of the journey is not necessarily on the mode (eg. Kayaking or bushwalking) of journey but on the underlying study/project being carried out. An example of an assessable task could be where students journey through mountainous countryside. Associated subject content could be:

  • Geography: GPS mapping, climate, weather, charts, sustainability, topography,
  • Science – entomology, classification, water testing, environmental impact
  • Business Studies – Trip planning, budgeting, management
  • Physical Education – The human body, health & fitness
  • English – Journal writing, public speaking Challenge is at the heart of EOS activities.

The challenge can encompass physical, social, emotional and intellectual dimensions of experience. Students use their foundation skills in the experience, bear the consequence of their actions in a constructive manner and then use reflection to determine how they might approach similar situations in the future. The final element is the transfer of learning into everyday situations.

Students working together in small, supervised groups address concepts such as leadership and being led, inclusiveness, the value of working towards a common goal and the recognition of the attributes which each individual can bring to the team.

As they complete the course, students will gain nationally recognised credentials in kayaking, abseiling, bushwalking and remote/wilderness first aid. Students will also attain the necessary skills and knowledge leading to a VET Certificate 2 in Outdoor Recreation. This component of the course requires 70 hours work placement.

Students wishing to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award program should undertake this course. Having successfully completed the Year 9 component of this course, students will be eligible for the Bronze Award, and successful Year 10 students will be eligible for the Silver Award.