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School excursion

Bush art

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), HSIE, Awabakal Nature Reserve

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about Bush art.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgment
  • Bushwalk  through the forest and along the swamp- natural art materials
  • Morning tea
  • Discuss Aboriginal art methods and materials and its importance to Aboriginal society
  • Make your own work of art
  • Listen to Dreamtime stories
  • Conclusion and farewell

What to bring

Remember to bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. It's a good idea for students to bring their gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

Getting there and parking

Students need to be dropped off and collected at the Awabakal Environmental Education Centre, 51 Boundary Road, Dudley.

Maps and downloads

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 - hard

There is no wheelchair access for the bushwalk. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly