Stage 1 (Years 1-2), HSIE, Awabakal Nature Reserve
Bush art in Awabakal Nature Reserve is a school excursion for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students with a focus on HSIE as a KLA. Explore a section of the reserve with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger and try your hand at some Aboriginal art to take home. All art materials are supplied.
Read more about Bush art
Learn about different types of bush art materials and methods and listen to some Aboriginal stories.
HSIE: Identifying us.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
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Weekdays all year.
- Guided. Available on request.
- Awabakal Nature Reserve
- Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, and on a grassed picnic area.
$225 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply
- Meeting point
- Awabakal Environmental Education Centre, 51 Boundary Rd, Dudley.
- Yes. All art equipment is provided.
- 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/stage-1-hsie-bush-art-awabakal-nature-reserve/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Newcastle Hunter
- 02 4927 3267
- 02 4946 4150
- Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Bush art.
- 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
Getting there and parking
Students need to be dropped off and collected at the Awabakal Environmental Education Centre, 51 Boundary Road, Dudley.
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).
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 - 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