Teddy bears' picnic
Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten), Science and Technology, Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Teddy bears' picnic is an Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) school excursion in Kosciuszko National Park, which focuses on Science and Technology. You'll listen to a story, go on a sensory awareness walk, play teddy bear tag and search for teddy bears on a missing teddy bear trail.
Read more about Teddy bears' picnic
Students will discover that all animals need PAWS (plants, air, water, and shelter). After lunch, children will play 'musical trees' to recognise what happens to animals if the forest changes and the role of national parks protecting habitat for native animals.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)|
|Learning area||Science and Technology|
STe-1WS-S. Observes, questions and collects data to communicate ideas
STe-3LW-ST. Explores the characteristics, needs and uses of living things
Weekdays October to May.
- Guided. Available on request.
- 4hrs 30min
- Easy. Short walk on and off tracks. Environmental games are in a picnic area.
$350 per group for up to 25 students (includes GST). For groups over 25 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- Kosciuszko Education Centre, Kosciuszko Road at Sawpit Creek, 14 kms from Jindabyne towards Perisher.
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/early-stage-1-science-tech-teddy-bear-picnic-kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Kosciuszko Education Centre
- 02 6451 3700
- in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
- The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road
Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.
Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.
Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Single and Multi-Day passes are also available via the Park'nPay app. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter).
Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc). Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Teddy bears' picnic.
- Welcome, introduction to staff, safety briefing
- Teddy Bear Big Book story reading
- Morning Tea / Toilet
- Earth walk (sensory awareness walk in the forest)
- Teddy Bear Tag (environmental game)
- Missing Teddy Bear Trail
- Musical Trees (environmental game)
- Conclusion and depart
Getting there and parking
Kosciuszko Education Centre is in the alpine area of Kosciuszko National Park, close to Perisher. To get there from Jindabyne:
- Drive along Kosciuszko Road from Jindabyne towards Perisher Valley
- The education centre is around 12km from Jindabyne
All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on:
- Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher)
- Guthega Road
- Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin
Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Snow chains required after snow
There are several asphalt and bitumen carparks at the education centre. There's also bus and off-street parking.
What to bring
Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags). Each child should bring their own teddy bear or similar stuffed toy animal.
Maps and downloads
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
The lecture room, car park, picnic area, displays and toilets are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.