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What is a national park?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE

What is a national park? is an education resource that supports the NSW Board of Studies State and National Parks HSIE syllabus unit for Stage 2 primary school students (Years 3-4). It provides information about the natural environment and why national parks are important.

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Students will learn about:

  • National parks
  • Plants and wildlife
  • Park management
  • What it’s like to work in a national park
  • Historic heritage
  • Aboriginal sites

The What is a national park? teaching kit is an extension of the NSW Board of Studies unit for Stage 2 students learning HSIE syllabus. It contributes to achieving the objectives of NSW Environmental Education Policy for Schools.

This education resource won the Energy Australia National Trust NSW Heritage Award 2004 for Education in the Corporate/Government category. It was developed by NSW National Parks in collaboration with NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

CCS2.1. Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia and assesses changes and consequences.

ENS2.5. Describes places in the local area and other parts of Australia and explains their significance.

CUS2.4. Describes different viewpoints, ways of living, languages and belief systems in a variety of communities.

ENS2.6. Describes people's interactions with environments and identifies responsible ways of interacting with environments.


This teaching kit (68 pages) includes:

  • Lesson plans
  • Student worksheets and fact sheets
  • Teacher notes

The 'Web of life for kids' DVD is available from Shop.NSW ($10.00 plus postage).

Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan