Excursions, Tours and Camps

Year 12 biology students in Emerald in the field

Year 12 Ag students from Tamworth with Agronomist Carol Sampson

Year 12 students speaking to P.J.Gileppa: Auscott Gin near Narrabri

Students visit the ACRI discussing BT resistance with Sharon Downes

Students checking out harvesting technology

Incursion to Western Sydney School with farmer Renee from Emerald

RYCOTT Cotton Camp: Class of 2014

Information about farm visits, excursions, field investigations, guest speakers/incursions, cotton tours, and cotton camps.


Supplement your coursework and bring your subject matter alive through:

  • Farm Visits
  • Excursions
  • Field investigations
  • Guest speakers/incursions

For more information contact Cotton Australia’s Education Coordinator Ali Briggs on 02 9669 5222 or AliB@cotton.org.au or, if you are in a cotton growing region, contact your friendly Cotton Australia Regional Manager.

We realise not every school can make it to a cotton growing region. Cotton Australia is happy to work with you to provide creative solutions to connect your classroom to the broad range of people involved in cotton production. Contact Sophie for more information.

Excursion photos are at the bottom of this page.


Fancy a tour in cotton country? Follow these links for more information:


Keen to get out there and explore the cotton industry and cotton growing regions and don’t want to wait for a school excursion? No worries. There are a number of cotton industry camps supported by Cotton Australia. These are held at various times throughout the year.

Rotary Youth in Cotton

The Rotary Club of Moree and the Rotary Club of Narromine both run a cotton camp for agriculture students from years 9 to 12 agriculture. The Rotary Youth in Cotton Camp in Narromine (RYCOTT) is generally held in April while the Moree camp (RYIC) is held in May, to coincide with picking.  Students in the Central West and New England regions (and beyond) studying agriculture  are invited to come along, visit farms, gins, agricultural engineering faciltities, machinery experts, crop consultants, agricultural pilots and more all the time meeting experts in their fields and getting an insight into the variety of work involved.

For more information: contact Geoff Smith, RYCOTT Coordinator, Rotary Club of Narromine, gsmi2709@bigpond.net.au or visit the Moree Youth in Cotton page.

TASTE Program (Cotton, cropping and irrigation enterprises emphasis)

TASTE (The Agricultural Skills and Technology Experience) is a program for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are 15 years or over based in southern or central Queensland.  The TASTE program is designed for both males and females who are considering training options and/or a career path in agriculture and conservation and land management.  TASTE is a great way to explore your options for the future. The TASTE program to help students discover the cotton industry is run in the April school holidays at the Dalby Training Centre.

PICSE Cotton Industry Camp and Placement Scholarship

  • Are you an enthusiastic science student in Year 10, 11 or 12?
  • Are you keen to find out more about real life sciences in Primary Industry?
  • Do you like action and new challenges?

The PICSE Cotton Industry Placement Scholarship could be for you!

The Scholarship includes a five-day science camp, a five-day industry placement with a scientist, and a Reporting Back Session. At the completion of the Scholarship, students are awarded $300. So you could be involved in:

The Camp
Share five days with up to 25 other students from Queensland and New South Wales and learn about cutting edge science in the Primary Industries sector. The Cotton PICSE Scholarship Camp runs in  December. At camp you will learn innovative features of primary industries science and get the opportunity to participate in hands-on science activities.

The Industry Placement
After your camp, the Science Education Officer will plan a 5 day work placement for you during  January. Placement locations vary, and your interests will be taken into consideration. You will be placed with a mentor and could be out in the field or in a lab as you get to experience daily life as a scientist.

The Reporting Back Sessions
All the students get together in February to tell of their PICSE Cotton experience to sponsors, family, teachers, mentors, and University and Industry staff. Each student makes a 3 minute presentation detailing their journey in the programme and describe what they have learnt taking part in the Scholarship.
All this experience for FREE and you get awarded $300 at the completion of the Scholarship.