Jacobs Well State School closed at the end of 1973. The Jacobs Well Field Study Centre opened to visiting students on 8 October, 1974 with two teachers. This was the first of many field study centres to open in the state.
During the 1980’s, the focus of field study centres changed to service a broader curriculum and client base. The centre was renamed Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre.
The appearance of the centre has changed over the years and has won numerous awards for its landscaped gardens and excellence in delivering quality educational programs. The centre has access to a number of nearby study sites—both aquatic and terrestrial. The centre has always had a marine based biodiversity theme and throughout the years has been fortunate enough to acquire the use of a number of boats to compliment programs.
The ER Duke was the first major asset purchased by the centre and was decommissioned in 2001. In 2002, the EDUCAT was launched as a purpose-built research vessel and has been an integral part of Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre operations ever since.
Jacobs Well Environmental Education Centre has a fine tradition in program delivery and community involvement. Through quality teaching and leadership, the centre has become an important educational institution for schools and communities locally and statewide.