School incursion

Living Country, living culture

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), HSIE, Far South Coast

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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.

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Living Country, living culture can be delivered at your school for Stage 1 students, focusing on HSIE. This is an interactive incursion for young students, with sensory and hands-on activities.

Students can look forward to a fun day of learning about the culture and Country of the Yuin People, led by a local Aboriginal guide. They’ll find out about bush tucker and medicine, the role of women in Yuin culture, traditional weaving, art, music and dance, and how the Yuin People manage and protect Country.

Aboriginal people have been walking the earth for thousands of years. They continue to have a strong connection to country, and traditional practices and stories play an important part in modern life. Students will come away with an appreciation of the rich Aboriginal culture that exists in their region. They'll make fundamental links between traditional stories, land, Country and languages.

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

GE1-1. Describes features of places and the connections people have with places

GE1-2. Identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places

HT1-1. Communicates an understanding of change and continuity in family life using appropriate historical terms

HT1-2. Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time

HT1-3. Describes the effects of changing technology on people's lives over time

HT1-4. Demonstrates skills of historical inquiry and communication

ST1-5LW-T. Identifies how plants and animals are used for food and fibre products

ST1-10ES-S. Recognises observable changes occurring in the sky and on the land and identifies Earth’s resources

ST1-2DP-T. Uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity


Students will:

  • Recognise that Aboriginal people are the first Australians
  • Investigate the connections that the Yuin People have to the land, sea and animals of this place
  • Hear stories to understand why this place is important to Yuin People and how it can be cared for
  • Find out how Yuin People describe the weather and the seasons
  • Engage with local Aboriginal culture through fun learning activities
  • Use paints from natural ochres
  • Collect bush materials to make traditional toys
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of a local Aboriginal guide
  • Understand the different roles within a traditional Aboriginal community
  • Listen to Aboriginal stories of family, culture and place.
  • Learn how Aboriginal people relate to the local environment around them, and why this is so fundamental to life.
  • Understand methods and materials used in Aboriginal art 
  • Reflect on what may be learned by modern Australians from Aboriginal life 

Excursion details


Monday to Friday, during school term.

Available on request, subject to staff availability.
Far South Coast
1-2 hr

$350 per group of 25 students. $14 per extra student, up to maximum group of 30 students.

Meeting point
Our NPWS Aboriginal guide will come to your class.
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All the practical information you need to know about Living Country, living culture.

Program outline

  • Welcome and introductions, acknowledgment and safety talk
  • Weaving activity
  • Bush food activity
  • Cultural interpretation
  • Storytelling, music and dance
  • Ochre face-painting
  • Wrap up

What to bring

We recommend everyone wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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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.