Mini-orienteering Maps for Schools

Exercise and Navigation for Primary and Secondary Schools

We map sporting areas and playgrounds of your school. We can design a mini-orienteering (mini-O) course, run an incursion and make mini-O controls with labels of your choice. Students have fun looking at the maps and going to all the controls. During the year teachers can design a new course or request advice via email.

We can also design 'on-wheels' courses for wheelchairs, bicycles and scooters.

Your school will receive:

  • Digital file(s) of the map (you can choose Basic Black-and-White Mini-O Map, Basic Colour Mini-O Map or  Detailed Colour Mini-O Map)

The following are available at extra cost:

  • Mini-O controls (laminated, handmade squares)
  • Controls drawn on the Map
  • Mini-O incursion for 30 min according to your school's needs, for example, training in orienteering and in use of Universal Map Maths Game for teachers and students
  • Contours on the map
  • Updates of the map

The cost is $150 for a digital file of Basic Black-and-White Mini-O Map without extra options; $280 for two digital files of Basic Colour Mini-O Map with 10 controls drawn on one map (no controls on the second map), 10 controls in hand and 30-min incursion; and $280 for Detailed Colour Mini-O Map without extra options.

You can also purchase mini-O maps of a nearby park or Universal Map Games, which combine exercise and navigation with maths or literacy.

It will take us between 2 and 6 weeks to make a new map of a school or a nearby park.

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Awesome Antechinus Scientific Adventure

Fun and Science for Primary Schools

This incursion is based on a published scientific study. Students role-play scientists. Together we study the abundance of the yellow-footed antechinus in two forests. We consider animal welfare, trap antechinus and 'publish a scientific paper' about the importance of logs and trees with hollows for antechinus. The incursion is tailored to students' needs and can be altered after consultations with teachers.


Students have fun, learn about Australian animals and the environment, experience the joys and trepidation of a scientific study and receive copies of their 'scientific paper'. Plastic and wool animals are used.

For primary schools located up to 20 km by road from Ringwood Train Station, the cost is $120 per incursion, or $100 per incursion if two  sessions are requested for the same day. Surcharge of $1 for every 1 km beyond the 20-km road distance from Ringwood Train Station applies to other primary schools.

Awesome Antechinus Presentation with or without Materials

The presentation is for 20 min and includes antechinus puppets, photos, trapping equipment and audience participation. We study the abundance of the yellow-footed antechinus in a box-ironbark forest.

Materials allow for subsequent investigations by students and include two antechinus finger puppets and trapping equipment (4 fabric bags, 8 pieces of fabric as bedding, 8 pieces of fabric as bark, 4 plastic animals, 5 small laminated photos and a field guide) with 8 traps made out of tissue boxes offered for free.

The cost is $80 for Awesome Antechinus Presentation or $160 for Awesome Antechinus Presentation with Materials. Distance surcharge applies to schools located further than 20 km by road from Ringwood Train Station.

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'Hania (...) gave a very interesting presentation to our students about Antechinus, which they thoroughly enjoyed', Foundation Team, Parent Newsletter Term Two (2016).

Low-resolution images are used for the website. High-resolution images are printed out (i.e. maps of parks) or delivered as digital files (i.e. maps of preschools, schools and of private properties) after confirmation of payment.
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