Orienteering is a great way to fine tune your survival skills while exploring the forest.

Recommended Staff : Student Ratio for this Activity:- 1 : 4
(Blackwood Staff can never be considered as part of any staff : student ratio during the delivery of any lesson)

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With our unique Orienteering Hill providing a very safe environment for this lesson, students will be able to learn or extend new skills, prepare for expeditions & discover new areas while Orienteering in Blackwood.  Our Orienteering Hill is heavily forested, challenging the students to use their skills to safely and accurately move amongst the trees.

Use our orienteering courses at Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre to teach students how to:-

  • Use a Compass
  • Pace out distances
  • Follow instructions
  • Read a map while safely moving through the bush
  • Use digital technology to help them learn more about the Wombat State Forest

We have a variety of Orienteering Courses at Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre which will help challenge and extend students throughout their experience.  Courses include:-

  • Accessing post boxes to obtain required information
  • Departing and returning to the same point after finding each marker
  • Moving from point A to point B through the forest
  • Following reflectors offering students the opportunity to learn during the day ..... and then return at night to complete the same course
  • Accessing QR Codes to further their knowledge

Regardless of what course the students do, Orienteering is a wonderful lesson for students to work together in small groups to further develop their skills, while having fun.

Minimum time allocation: 45min

Victorian Curriculum learning area/capability:

  • HPE – Movement and physical activity: Moving the body, learning through movement
  • SCSO – Social Awareness and Management: Collaboration
  • SCSE – Self-awareness and Management: Developing resilience

2002 - Orienteering established at Blackwood Special Schools Outdoor Education Centre


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Acknowledgment to Country

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the traditional Owners of the country we work on and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. I’d also like to acknowledge the deep knowledge systems and the amazing ability of first nations peoples to pass that knowledge through generations, as incredible teachers themselves. 

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