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Incursions

Incursions bridge the gap between schools and parks, delivering engaging education experiences in the classroom. NSW National Parks guides are experts at reading and interpreting the land. They share wisdom with students using syllabus-aligned stories and visual aids, translating wild nature into something memorable.

Working with educators, we create impactful learning experiences for all students. Choose from our syllabus-aligned, environmental education and Aboriginal cultural incursions, or design your own lesson.

An Aboriginal NPWS educator leading an incursion at Coffs Harbour Christian Community School, 2019. Photo: Jay Black © NPWS

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A group of school children in a classroom, learning about the Gumbaynggir People with an Aboriginal guide. Photo: And the Trees Photography © DPIE

School incursion: Learn about Gumbaynggirr life

Learn about Gumbaynggir life from the convenience of your classroom in this Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) history incursion. Our Aboriginal guide will share the history of the Gumbaynggir People and explore their culture and way of life.

Stage
Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
Learning area
History
When

Weekdays during school terms.

Where
North Coast
An Aboriginal NPWS educator leading an incursion at Coffs Harbour Christian Community School, 2019. Photo: Jay Black © NPWS

School incursion: Learn about Gumbaynggirr life

Learn about Gumbaynggirr life from the convenience of your classroom in this Stage 1 (Years 1-2) history incursion. Our Aboriginal guide will share the history of the Gumbaynggirr People and explore their culture and way of life.

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area
History
When

Weekdays during school terms.

Where
North Coast
An Aboriginal NPWS educator leading an incursion at Coffs Harbour Christian Community School, 2019. Photo: Jay Black © NPWS

School incursion: Learn about Gumbaynggirr life

Gumbaynggirr life and culture is brought to your classroom in this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) history incursion. Aboriginal guides from Bongil Bongil National Park and Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve will visit your school.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area
History
When

Weekdays in school term.

Where
North Coast
A group of students listening to an NPWS guide on a Caring for our special places school incursion. Photo: Adam Hollingworth, Hired Gun Photography © DPIE

School incursion: Caring for our special places

Caring for our special places is an Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten) geography incursion for schools in the NSW Coffs Harbour region. Students will dress up and role-play a story about rangers and how they look after national parks.

Stage
Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
Learning area
Geography
When

Weekdays during school terms.

Where
North Coast
An overhead shot of students' hands pointing to found objects on a Caring for our special places school incursion. Photo: Adam Hollingworth, Hired Gun Photography © DPIE

School incursion: Caring for our special places

Caring for our special places is a Stage 1 (Years 1-2) geography incursion for schools in the NSW Coffs Harbour region. Students will dress up and role-play a story about rangers and how they look after national parks.

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area
Geography
When

Weekdays during school terms.

Where
North Coast
NPWS Aboriginal guide paints a young student's face. Photo: Wolumla PS. © OEH

School incursion: Living Country, living culture

Learn about Aboriginal culture from the convenience of your classroom in this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE cross-curricular incursion. An Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

Stage
Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area
HSIE
When

Monday to Friday, during school term.

Where
Far South Coast
NPWS Aboriginal guide speaks to a primary class. Photo: Mumbulla PS. © OEH

School incursion: Living Country, living culture

Learn about Aboriginal culture from the convenience of your classroom in this Stage 1 (Years 1-2) HSIE incursion. An Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

Stage
Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area
HSIE
When

Monday to Friday, during school term.

Where
Far South Coast
An interactive display of Aboriginal tools and baskets. Photo: Deidre Martin © DPIE.

School incursion: Living Country, living culture

Learn about Aboriginal culture from the convenience of your classroom in this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) HSIE cross-curricular incursion. An Aboriginal guide will help students understand the importance of culture and caring for Country.

Stage
Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Learning area
HSIE
When

Monday to Friday, during school term.

Where
Far South Coast
4WD vehicle on the beach, Bongil Bongil National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary