The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Project (Summer College Program)

The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Project (Summer College Program)

Designed specifically for college students seeking practical experience in frontline wildlife research in wild places, this is an exclusive opportunity that is available for the first-time ever! This program offers rare access to groundbreaking research and conservation work in one of the most unique areas in the world — The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve. Journey into remote areas with access to zoologists and scientists in an exclusive partnership between Rustic Pathways and Australia Zoo. Discover rare plant and animal species such as file snakes, saltwater crocodiles, cuscus and palm cockatoos. Learn firsthand what is involved in being an Australia Zoo Ranger and caring for a 330,000 acre haven for wildlife, while experiencing the magnificent Outback of Australia. Expect to be challenged, to learn, and to have a life-changing adventure on this amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Watch Russel Crowe on David Letterman talking about the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

Departure Dates

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile

No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.
Program Profile

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Below is your packing list, and for those of you looking for some extra guidance on what to bring, check out the packing guide for this program.

CARRY-ON LUGGAGE

A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Airline ticket
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet and money (USD or AUD)
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • iPod or MP3 player
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Chargers
  • Travel power adaptor
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Arrival instructions for Brisbane

Make sure everything you pack in your carry-on complies with the new carry-on regulations of the TSA.

CHECKED LUGGAGE

A medium sized duffel bag or large backpack work best. Wheeled bags are acceptable as long as they are medium sized and can easily be carried like a duffle over rough terrain.

CLOTHES

  • Underwear (10)
  • Socks (8)
  • Pants (hiking pants that can turn into shorts are ideal)
  • Jeans (for your traveling days)
  • Shorts (3)
  • Tank Tops (2)
  • Light rain jacket
  • T-shirts (8)
  • Long sleeved shirt (2, something light and breathable that protects you from the sun during walking)
  • Sweater/fleece
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Bath towel
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Sneakers/running shoes (a pair that dries quickly that you can hike short distances in that protect your toes.  Shoes will get muddy and dirty so don’t get too attached to your footwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (it is a must!)
  • Sandals or flip-flops (Chacos or Tevas are recommended)

TOILETRIES

  • Soap or body wash
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Sunscreen – There is a lot of sun exposure on our programs in Australia, so we suggest a high SPF rating.
  • Lip balm
  • Sunburn cream or aloe
  • Hand sanitizer (1-2 small bottles)
  • Bug spray

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • Camera and camera gear
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries (there is no electricity at the Reserve and generators are switched off at around 10pm every night)
  • Watch or clock with an alarm
  • Large Ziplock© Freezer Bags
  • Sleeping bag
  • Small personal first aid kit (our guides will have comprehensive first aid kits on hand, but having a personal kit is always helpful)

OPTIONAL ITEMS

  • Deck of cards or other easily explained games.
  • Frisbee, aerobee, hacky sack or other things that are fun and easy to carry

For more information, email australia@rusticpathways.com.

PLEASE NOTE – Rustic Pathways is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. During travel it is common for items to be lost or stolen so please only bring items you are prepared to part with.