School excursion

Living world wet and dry environments

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Royal National Park

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Come and explore the Living World with us on this Stage 1 (Years 1-2) Science and Technology at Bonnie Vale in the Royal National Park. Students will explore both wet and dry environments and learn the importance of plant and animal habitat.

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Students will explore the living world around Bonnie Vale. They'll investigate how and why animals and plants support each other in this unique mangrove environment. They'll also learn about the importance of estuarine environments and compare the wet mangrove estuary with the neighbouring dry woodland environment.

Through exploring the natural world, students will learn about living things, how they change, reproduce and their different habitats.

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
Student outcomes

ST1-4LW-S. Describes observable features of living things and their environments

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

ST1-1WS-S. Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas and comparing what they and others know


Students will:

  • Learn about friendly and furry animals from wet and dry environments
  • Have fun doing a mini-beast hunt and dip-netting to explore wet and dry environments
  • Discover woodland, mangrove and coastal environments
  • Develop an understanding of living things and their environment.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Guided activities in a camping area, on a bush track, on grass, on the beach, next to and wading in shallow water.

Student $20 per person. Includes GST, guide and park entry fees. For groups under 25 students, use the 'Enquire now' link.

Meeting point
Meet at Bonnie Vale picnic area approximately 100m along Sea Breeze Lane
Yes. All field equipment is provided.
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All the practical information you need to know about Living world wet and dry environments.

Program outline

  • Acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Identify different features of animals from wet and dry environments.
  • Walk through the campground observing woodland and mangrove environments, and the birdlife they support
  • Take part in a beach walk, identifying shells, coral, pumice and other aspects of marine habitats
  • Mini-beast hunt, exploring dry environments
  • Dip-netting, exploring wet environments
  • Build a habitat for a chosen native animal using natural materials

Getting there and parking

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    Bonnie Vale camp ground - drive through the national park along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive (approximately 10km from Audley weir). Turn into Bundeena Drive and continue another 10km until you enter Bundeena township. Take the second left turn into Sea Breeze Lane. Meet the Discovery Ranger at the car park.

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    There are 3 bitumen carparks at the campground. The one to the east of the campground, closest to the nearby picnic area, includes 2 accessible parking spots.

    There's a limit of 1 park per site (car, trailer or boat). 


    Take the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena wharf. It’s a 15-minute walk along a track to Bonnie Vale picnic area.

    What to bring

    Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags). Please note:  Wear a pair of shoes that can get wet and bring a change of shoes/socks and a small towel.

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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 - medium

    Wheelchair accessible car park, picnic area and toilets. If you have someone with special needs, please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.