Senior Mining Program

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Second Nature Education offers an amazing variety of educational and experiential programs to a variety of mines and quarries in: Queensland and New South Wales; throughout Australia; and overseas.

All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.

What we provide

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and Flyers
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets
  • All relevant equipment (supplying up to 150x students per session)
  • Example assessment tasks
  • Transportation options (we provide quotes to utilise our own buses for every excursion and can purchase all relevant flights relating to your program where applicable)
  • Pre/Post Excursion Activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk Assessment (location specific)
  • Variety of field-work locations (where available)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (we provide quotes to utilise our own in-house catering service for every excursion (where available) and/or catering through a third-party provider

Senior School (Yr 11-12) Programs

Our “Mining” programs for years 11-12 have been specifically developed for units of study in Geography as well as Earth and Environmental Science. Each can however be tailored to a school’s needs. Our “Mining” excursions involve the exploration of a mine along with nearby farms, communities and power stations. Alternatively, “Mining” incursions involve an interactive PowerPoint presentation with a virtual tour of a local mine. Students learn about the impacts of mining or quarrying on both local communities and the environment. They also learn to evaluate management decisions based on both efficiency and sustainability. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on mining. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:


  • Year 11 Sustainable Places (QLD)
  • Year 12 Responding to Land Cover Transformations (QLD) or Changing the Land (VIC)
  • Year 12 People and Economic Activity (NSW)

Earth and Environmental Science

  • Year 11 Living on Earth (QLD)
  • Year 11 Earth’s Resources (NSW)
  • Year 12 Human Impacts (NSW)
  • Year 12 How can Biodiversity and Development be Sustained? (VIC)
  • Year 12 How can the Impacts of Human Energy Use be Reduced? (VIC)


  • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

Trip Overview

Iron ore and coal mining are the two largest export industries in Australia. While it is important to acknowledge the immense economic benefits offered by these products, the mining activity required to produce them can severely harm local ecologies. On this adventure, you will learn about the economic benefits and environmental impacts of mining or quarrying. You will jump into a poignant local debate where social and political factors affecting the extent of mining come to light. You will also use a variety of fieldwork techniques to assess undisturbed areas in contrast with areas disturbed by mining. If you are seeking a different approach to your “Mining” study, we can design a program that is suitable for you.


  • Touring an operating iron ore or coal mine!
  • Speaking with local farmers about how their land has been affected by mining.
  • Speaking with community members who have benefited from mining
  • Receiving flyers and freebies from activist groups on either side of the mining debate
  • Sketching
  • Biodiversity surveys
  • Water quality testing (rainwater/farm bore/mine bore etc.)
  • Touring a working power station (if relevant)

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  • Guided tour of an operating iron ore or coal mine
  • Presentation from a worker at the mine
  • Field sketch of study site
  • 1-2 farm visits where farmers will share their concerns about a local mine
  • 1-2 community visits where community members will share their thoughts about a local mine
  • Visit to a working power station (where relevant)
  • Field work (water quality testing)


  • An age-appropriate interactive PowerPoint presentation
  •  “How coal is made” animation
  • Virtual tour of a coal (or iron ore) mine
  • Discussion of environmental impacts of coal mining
  • Specialist speaker from either a coal mine or power plant
Educational Outcomes
  • Awareness and knowledge of the impacts of mining on communities and natural environments
  • Students conduct an unbiased investigation of mining, taking into account many different perspectives
  • An understanding of the social and political factors affecting mining or quarrying
  • Knowledge of environmental issues that have arisen as a result of mining or quarrying including habitat destruction, introduction of invasive species, pollution and global warming
  • Learning of environmental management principals that minimise these issues and promote sustainability
  • A feeling of connection and sense of stewardship towards Australia’s natural environment

Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Mining” excursion. All excursion packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.

07:30 Tour group pick- Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from schools and airports
08:30 Arrive at a dairy farm for Information Session 1: Impact of the Mine on Farmers.
09:00 Depart dairy farm for a grain and fodder farm.
09:15 Arrive at the grain and fodder farm for Information Session 2: Impact of the Mine on the Environment
09:45 Waterway health assessment at the grain and fodder farm
10:15 Depart grain and fodder farm for the Mine
10:30 Arrive at the Mine for Information Session 3: Impact of the Mine on Regional Towns
11:00 Tour of the mine
12:30 Waterway health assessment at the mine
13:30 Depart the mine for a park in a nearby township
14:00 Arrive at the park Enjoy lunch as you watch the town go by
14:45 Depart park for the Community Centre within the same township
15:00 Information Session 4: What the Mine is doing for the community
15:30 Depart Community Centre, back to school or airport
16:00 Arrive back at school or airport when required