School excursion

WilderQuest WildThings

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park

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Overview

Come on a WilderQuest WildThings excursion to explore the forest and alpine grasslands. Designed for Stage 1 students and focusing on science and technology, investigate the living world in this part of Kosciuszko National Park, home to amazing plants and animals.

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We will use our senses to explore the environment and find some places where animals have everything they need to survive. Students will work scientifically with hands on activities to investigate bugs and learn about animal habitats.

Students will immerse themselves through nature play and discovery to enrich their understanding of the diversity and relationships that thrive in our protected areas.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area Science and Technology
Objectives
  • Students engage with the local environment of the national park. They become aware of the plants and animals that exist in this particular place and how they are able to survive there. 
  • Students examine some of the local plants and discuss how the animals that live with them have features that allow them to thrive in the environment. 
  • Students learn about the role played by NSW NPWS staff in protecting the environment for the people of NSW.

Excursion details

When
Weekdays during school terms.
Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Kosciuszko Education Centre, Thredbo-Perisher area
Duration
4hrs
Grading
Medium. Guided walk and activities along a bush track. Activities amongst leaf litter and in a grassed area.
Price
$350 per group up to 20 students (includes GST). For groups over 20 conditions apply.
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Kosciuszko Education Centre
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-1-science-and-technology-wilderquest-wildthings-kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
  • The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
  • Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road

    Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.

    Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.

    Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter). Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc).

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about WilderQuest WildThings.

Program outline

  • A guided walk along a bush track to find evidence of animals and plants living in the area. 
  • Discover the bugs or invertebrates living in the area. 
  • Use the senses to explore the living world and appreciate how local animals use their senses to survive. 
  • Investigate what local wildlife need to survive and build a mini habitat for one of the animals.

Getting there and parking

Kosciuszko Education Centre is located 12km along Kosciuszko Road, past Jindabyne.

Road quality

It's recommended that all vehicles carry snow chains between June and October long weekends in the event of extreme weather.

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Snow chains required after snow

Parking

Car, bus and off-street parking is available.

What to bring

It’s a good idea to wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. And remember to bring food, water, first aid kit and any necessary medications.

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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

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.

Accessibility

Disability access level - no wheelchair access

If you have someone with special needs, please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.