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Aboriginal culture excursions: Stage 2

On these school excursions, Aboriginal NPWS rangers share their culture with Stage 2 students through stories, song, dance and other fun activities. Students learn about sites significant to local Aboriginal people and how Aboriginal people have cared for the environment. Students begin to understand changes that have occurred since first contacts with Europeans and British colonisation. 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.

Students learning about Aboriginal culture through dance. Photo: David Young/OEH

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Hunter Wetlands National Park. Photo: Susan Davis/NSW Government

Aboriginal culture: Ash Island

Aboriginal culture is a school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE students exploring the beautiful natural and built environments of Ash Island, part of Hunter Wetlands National Park. Through first-hand experiences learn about the culture of the Awabakal People, how they lived, what resources they used and the significance of the land and Dreamtime stories.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Hunter Wetlands National Park in North Coast
WilderQuest activity, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Photo: Shani Milgate/OEH

Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal culture is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE school excursion, exploring the beautiful natural and built environments of Blue Gum Hills Regional Park. Through first-hand experiences, learn about the culture of the Awabakal People - how they lived, what resources they used and the significance of the land and Dreamtime stories.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in North Coast
Bombala walking track, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Aboriginal culture

Experience Glenrock State Conservation Area through the eyes of an Aboriginal person on this school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE students. Through first-hand experiences learn about the culture of the Awabakal People, how they lived, what resources they used and the significance of the land and Dreamtime stories. Learn about the impact of European settlement on the area and why Glenrock is a culturally significant landscape.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Glenrock State Conservation Area in North Coast
Aboriginal Discovery Rangers, Blue Waterholes campground, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Aboriginal customs and practices

Aboriginal customs and practices is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park which focuses on HSIE. Discover the secrets of the didgeridoo, use clapsticks and play along with a yidaki. Try your hand at tool or jewellery making, and learn about collecting and using materials from the environment.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
Where
Tumut area in Snowy Mountains
Students learning about the history of Botany Bay through role play. Photo: Kim Collas

Bound for Botany Bay

In 1770, James Cook and his crew aboard the Endeavour were bound for Botany Bay. Their 8-day stay would have a dramatic impact on the future of Australia. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) history excursion explores the first British landing on Australian soil.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
History
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
La Perouse area in Sydney and surrounds
Bush tucker. Photo: The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust/Jaime Plaza

Bush tucker

Bush tucker in Bongil Bongil National Park is a school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students with a focus on HSIE. Join our Aboriginal Discovery rangers for an easy stroll along the forested banks of Bonville Creek, to investigate the rich diversity of plants and animals in the park.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
Where
Bongil Bongil National Park in North Coast
Aboriginal Discovery tour, Cape Byron Conservation Area. Photo: Murray Vanderveer

Dolphin Dreaming

Dolphin Dreaming is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Cape Byron State Conservation Area, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Through story, dance and creative expression, Arakwal Aboriginal guides present the life and culture of Byron Bay's Aboriginal people.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When
Weekdays during school terms.
Where
Cape Byron State Conservation Area in North Coast
Aboriginal Discovery ranger, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

Giidany Miirlarl: A special site

This school excursion in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve is for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students and focuses on Science as a KLA. Aboriginal Discovery rangers will introduce students to the cultural significance of Giidany Miirlarl (moon sacred place) to the Gumbaynggirr People, and the fascinating life-cycle of wedge-tailed shearwaters (muttonbirds).

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
Science and Technology
When

By arrangement.

Where
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in North Coast
National park ranger. Photo: Rob Cleary

In-school Aboriginal program to learn Gumbaynggirr life

This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) 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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays in school term. 

Where
North Coast
Interpretive signs along Burrawang walk, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andrew Richards

Meeting of cultures

Meeting of cultures is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, focusing on HSIE. You'll explore the area near Kurnell, where in 1770 local Aboriginal people encountered the crew of the British ship, the Endeavour.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Week days during school term

Where
Kurnell area in Sydney and surrounds
Aboriginal Discovery ranger, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia

Muttonbirds by moonlight

Muttonbirds by moonlight is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, focusing on HSIE. Join us on a guided walk across the island as evening falls, and keep an eye out for the daily return of thousands of wedge-tail shearwaters (muttonbirds) to their nesting burrows, where hungry partners or chicks await.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When
1.5 hours; only available between the months of August to April when the shearwaters are present on the island.
Where
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve in North Coast
Students on a tour of the Old Kinchega Homestead Ruins. Photo: Julieanna Doyle

Old Kinchega Homestead tour

Old Kinchega Homestead tour is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Kinchega National Park, focusing on HSIE. Take a walk around the Old Kinchega Homestead ruins with a NSW National Parks ranger, and learn about life on the land for Aboriginal people and life on a pastoral station during the pioneer days.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
Where
Kinchega National Park in Outback NSW
Timallallie Pilliga Discovery tour, Pilliga National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Ranger talk at Kinchega

Ranger talk at Kinchega is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Kinchega National Park, focusing on HSIE. Come and visit a NSW National Parks ranger and learn about their job while sitting in the natural environment - or have a ranger visit you in your own classroom.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
Where
Kinchega National Park in Outback NSW
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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

By arrangement.

Where
Murramarang National Park in South Coast
Dramatic formations of sand and silt deposited over tens of thousands of years in Mungo National Park. Photo: Vision House Photography/OEH

Walk the Walls of China

Wander the sands of time with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) excursion focusing on HSIE in Mungo National Park. See the ancient dry lake bed and walk the Walls of China with a representative of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa or Mutthi Mutthi tribal groups whose connection with the land reaches back 40,000 years.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays during school term. Evening tours and add-on activities available by arrangement.

Where
Mungo National Park in Murray-Riverina
Bombala walking track, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

What is a national park?

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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays.

Where
Awabakal Nature Reserve in North Coast
Lace Monitor (Varanus varius) Heritage Trail, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

What is a national park?

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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays (all year).

Where
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in North Coast
Discovery Tour Katoomba, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin

What is a national park?

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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Monday to Friday during school term

Where
Katoomba area in Sydney and surrounds
Burning Mountain Nature Reserve. Photo: Brent Mail

What is a national park?

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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays (all year).

Where
Burning Mountain Nature Reserve in Country NSW
Student learning about plants on a bushland school excursion. Photo: Lisa Madden/OEH

What is a national park?

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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
Where
Cattai National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Burwood trail, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

What is a national park?

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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays all year.

Where
Glenrock State Conservation Area in North Coast
People exploring the Mount Bushwalker walking track, Morton National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

What is a national park?

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 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

By arrangement.

Where
Morton National Park in South Coast, Country NSW
Arabanoo Lookout, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: John Spencer

Who's Arabanoo?

This school excursion in Sydney Harbour National Park is for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students and focuses on HSIE. Walk down the track to Reef Beach with an Aboriginal ranger to hear about the cultural history of the area and learn about the European history of surrounding sites.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
KLA
HSIE
When

Weekdays (all year).

Where
Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Looking along the beach, Cosy Corner. Photo: John Spencer