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

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 by emailing A recommended program for exploring the park will be provided customised to your group size.

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.

Opening Times

Queens Park Environmental Education Centre


Queens Park
Merle Finimore Avenue


Free entry

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday
9.30 am -1.30 pm

To ensure the health and safety of all visitors, please do not enter the centre if you are unwell.

Enquiries and school bookings

(07) 3810 6666

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.

School Holiday Programs operate both in the centre and around Ipswich. Find out more about what is coming up School Holiday Programs : Ipswich City Council

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