School excursion

Bush art

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

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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

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

Students will:

  • meet a member of the local Aboriginal community
  • walk through the open forest and identify plants and other resources used by Aboriginal people
  • understand methods and materials used in Aboriginal art
  • listen to Aboriginal dreamtime stories
  • understand the importance of the area to Awabakal people and identify other ways the environment is important in Aboriginal culture, eg dance, stories, art
  • reflect on what may be learned by modern Australians from Aboriginal life.

Excursion details


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.
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Info for teachers

All the practical information 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

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).

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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 - 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