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Aboriginal culture excursions: Stage 1

On these fun school excursions, Early Stage 1 and Stage 1 students learn about Aboriginal culture. They find out about local Aboriginal people’s connections with Country, animals, plants, the weather and the seasons. Aboriginal NPWS rangers share Dreaming stories and local Aboriginal language with students. These excursions support learning outcomes for the HSIE Geography and History syllabuses, Science and Technology and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority, to enrich learning experiences across the curriculum.

Aboriginal Discovery ranger with students, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

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Aboriginal Discovery rangers, Blue Waterholes campground, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Aboriginal stories

Aboriginal stories is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) students which focuses on HSIE. The Wiradjuri, Wolgalu and Ngunawal People, along with the NSW National Parks Aboriginal Discovery program, deliver experiences to build understanding and appreciation for their culture.

Stage
Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Tumut area in Snowy Mountains
School children and NPWS staff on Dolphin Dreaming school excursion. Photo: David Young.

Dolphin Dreaming

Dolphin Dreaming is an Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on HSIE. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.

Stage
Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
KLA
HSIE
When

By arrangement.

Where
Cape Byron State Conservation Area in North Coast
National park ranger. Photo: Rob Cleary

In-school Aboriginal program to learn Gumbaynggirr life

This Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) in-school Aboriginal program to learn Gumbaynggir life focuses on HSIE as a KLA. Aboriginal Discovery rangers from Bongil Bongil National Park or Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve will visit your class to introduce the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal community through traditional language and stories, including Dreamtime stories, traditional tools and music.

Stage
Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays in school term. 

Where
North Coast
Bush tucker. Photo: The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust/Jaime Plaza

Bush art

Bush art in Awabakal Nature Reserve is a school excursion for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students with a focus on HSIE as a KLA. Explore a section of the reserve with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger and try your hand at some Aboriginal art to take home. All art materials are supplied.

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Awabakal Nature Reserve in North Coast
Bush tucker. Photo: The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust/Jaime Plaza

Bush art

Bush art in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is a school excursion for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students with a focus on HSIE as a KLA. Explore a section of the park with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger and try your hand at some Aboriginal art to take home. All art materials are supplied.

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in North Coast
National park ranger. Photo: Rob Cleary

In-school Aboriginal program to learn Gumbaynggirr life

This Stage 1 (Years 1-2) in-school Aboriginal program to learn Gumbaynggirr life focuses on HSIE. Aboriginal Discovery rangers from Bongil Bongil National Park and Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve will visit your class to introduce the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal community through traditional language and stories, including dreamtime stories, traditional tools and music.

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays in school term. 

Where
North Coast
Rainforest seeds and fruits. Photo: The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust/Simone Cottrell

Then and now: Aboriginal culture

This excursion experience has been updated and is now being delivered in line with the new NSW Department of Education Curriculum. We will be revising this excursion's name and information online soon. Contact your local national parks office for more information about the updated excursion.

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
KLA
HSIE
When

By arrangement.

Where
Murramarang National Park in South Coast
Walking track, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

The Rookery Roundabout

The Rookery Roundabout is a school excursion for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve which focuses on HSIE as a KLA. Join us on a guided walk across Muttonbird Island, and learn about the role of the reserve in protecting a breeding rookery for the wedge-tail shearwater (muttonbirds).

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
KLA
HSIE
When

By arrangement.

Where
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in North Coast
Govetts Leap waterfall, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath/NSW Government