School excursion

Aboriginal stories

Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten), History, Tumut area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Aboriginal stories is a school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park for Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) students which focuses on the History and Geography learning areas. 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.

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Sensory and hands-on activities let students explore and learn by doing. They'll make fundamental links between Dreaming stories, land and country and languages.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
Learning area History
Student outcomes

GEe-1. Identifies places and develops an understanding of the importance of places to people.

GEe-2. Communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools.

HTe-1. Communicates stories of their own family heritage and the heritage of others.


Students will:

  • participate in music activities
  • make and use paints from natural ochres
  • collect bush materials to make traditional toys
  • explore gender-appropriate artefacts and displays.

Excursion details


Weekdays all year.

Guided. Available on request. Subject to staff availability.

Aboriginal rangers from Kosciuszko National Park are also available to come to your school. Please phone (02) 9995 5142 for further details on in-school visits.

3-5 hr
Easy. Discovery ranger guided walk and activities on bush tracks and in the amphitheatre.

$275 per group for a half day (3 hours), $375 per group for a full day (5 hours). Prices include GST. Maximum 25 students per group. For groups over 25 conditions apply.

Meeting point
Birrimal Waga Amphitheatre, Sydney Street, Tumut.
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Program outline

Activities: toy making, games using stories and bush toys, ochre painting and music.
Demonstrations: string making, boomerang and spear, didgeridoo, food and shelter, artefacts display

Activities and displays for your program may be varied seasonally or to suit desired learning outcomes.

  • Half day (3 hrs)
  • Introduction, story and cultural map - 30 mins
  • Activity 1 – music - 30 mins
  • Activity 2 – ochre painting/toy making - 45 mins
  • Recess - 30 mins
  • Hands on Artefacts display - 45 mins
  • Conclusion

Getting there and parking

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    What to bring

    Please wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. And remember to bring food and any necessary medications.

    It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag because we have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.

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    Safety messages

    Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

    Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

    Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

    Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

    Risk assessment and risk benefits

    Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

    We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

    Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.


    Disability access level - medium

    Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly