The Queens Park Environmental Education Centre is a space that can be enjoyed by all ages, with plenty of hands-on opportunities to connect with and learn about Ipswich's natural environment. Located next to the Queens Park Cafe in the centre of the city's premier parkland, admission to the centre is free.

QPEEC fig treeThe Centre has many environmental education exhibits that showcase Ipswich's unique natural environment, waterways, and sustainability themes.

The interactive displays connect you with nature in your home and around the city.

Visit the giant fig ‘growing’ inside the centre and explore the variety of ecosystems and wonderful wildlife that can be found in the Ipswich area.

While in the centre learn more about councils’ initiatives including:

  • how to reduce, reuse and recycle household waste
  • what you can place in your compost bin or worm farm
  • places you can go around Ipswich to explore the great outdoors on foot, pushbike, or horseback
  • handy household tips to reduce your carbon footprint
  • how we can all improve our waterways

The centre hosts a range of events throughout the year. To stay up to date on what’s on

School and Group bookings

Schools and large groups can book visits to the Environmental Education Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

At the centre, schools will experience a short presentation by a council officer followed by time to explore the play-based learning experiences. If classes are interested in a specific focus area, tailored programs can be arranged.

Schools and other large groups are requested to pre-book their visit to the Nature Centre and/or Environmental Education Centre at least one month in advance through the online booking form. A recommended program for exploring the park will be provided customised to your group size.

General enquiries from schools and groups can be made by emailing

Queens Park Excursion Guide (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Puggles Play Time

Every Friday during school term the youngest members of our community and their grown-ups are invited to share in story time and an environmentally themed activity. Designed for children aged 5 and under, please drop by between 9.30am-11.30am to join in.

School Holiday Activities

Drop into the centre during school holidays to see what free and educational activities are on offer! Activities requiring registration are available on the Eventbrite page

Opening Times

Queens Park Environmental Education Centre


Queens Park
Merle Finimore Avenue


Free entry

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 2pm

School holidays Monday - Saturday: 9am - 2pm

Enquiries and school bookings

(07) 3810 6666

Volunteer at the Centre

The Environmental Education Centre operates with the help of hard-working volunteers. Council offers a range of environmental volunteering opportunities across Ipswich, including volunteering in the centre. Find out more at the Volunteer Portal.