Educational Activity Days

Our home base is in beautiful, leafy Paracombe in the Adelaide Hills, but our many and varied activities take place in a number of locations throughout the Hills region and Adelaide
metropolitan area.

Every program is designed to be stimulating, rewarding, enjoyable and educational.

 
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Environmental

Being based in the Adelaide Hills enables us to have easy access to the beautiful countryside where groups can engage in activities like:

  • Koala Watch Survey – spotting, identifying, recording and reporting for Government surveys
  • Forestry SA – plot clearing and removal of pine tree saplings
  • KESAB Waterwatch Snapshots – sampling, testing, recording and reporting for KESAB
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Snake Awareness.
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Animal Care

The sheer joy and calming influence of animals is well known. Our Animal Care services enable groups to engage in a variety of activities including:

  • Bird watching
  • Preparing food and feeding animals as Friends of Gorge Wildlife Park
  • Learning Basic Pet Care
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Creative Arts

Engaging the creative mind is stimulating, therapeutic and fun. Our Creative Arts services cover a wide range of group activities including:

  • Beading
  • Chat Books – a visual aid to help those with speech difficulties communicate
  • Crocheting
  • Decorating Frames and Boxes
  • Harvest – seasonal fruit picking
  • Knitting
  • Paper Crafts
  • Painting
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sewing
  • Tactile Boxes – multiple fabrics and textures for stimulation and education
  • Weaving
  • Origami.
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Recreational

Relaxing and fun, our Recreational Services are designed to promote mental agility and physical dexterity as well as develop skills.

Activities include:

  • Board Games such as Snakes & Ladders, Draughts, etc.
  • Bocce
  • Bushwalks
  • Cooking, including camp cooking
  • Excursions to events such as the Tour Down Under, Royal Adelaide Show, etc.
  • Kite Flying
  • Massage – basic foot, neck and shoulder massage for relaxation
  • Make Up and Personal Care
  • Special Days – birthday celebrations and picnics
  • Swimming – indoors at Adelaide Aquatic
  • Centre or the RSB facilities at Holden Hill
  • Ten Pin Bowling at Salisbury Bowl
  • Walks – gentler and easier strolls around the grounds and surrounds of Paracombe.
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Gardening

There is no better place to enjoy the beauty and hands-on fun in the garden than the Adelaide Hills. Groups enjoy a range of seasonal activities including:

  • Collecting Seeds – from the gardens and vegetable patches at Paracombe
  • Cooking with the Harvest
  • Fruit Picking
  • Planting, Pruning and Propagating
  • Soil Preparation
  • Watering and Weeding.
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Social Skills

Our highly skilled staff provide a number of educational programs designed to help individuals positively engage with their peers and community, improve independence and raise self-esteem:

  • Anger Control
  • Behaviour in Transport
  • Conversation Techniques
  • Greetings
  • Makaton Key Signing and Communication for those with speech difficulties
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Problem Solving
  • Relaxation Technique.