School excursion

The earth's environment

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Booti Booti National Park

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Overview

Did you know that over 9 per cent of NSW is a national park? That’s over 7 million hectares. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) earth’s environment geography excursion is delivered at Booti Booti National Park.

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Students will learn about the critical role national parks play in preserving our unique native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage.

They’ll explore the significance of the environment at Booti Booti National Park and the important interrelationships between humans and the environment. Starting from The Ruins campground, students will venture out to stunning Seven Mile Beach before taking a short walk south to Booti Hill.

During winter, they may be lucky enough to see whales as they ascend through twisted eucalyptus. There are rest spots along the way, and a small opening with a scenic view of Seagull Point. Students can take in the view before heading off to investigate the unique rainforest area.

As they explore, students will uncover the mysterious wildlife that call this special place home, including brush-tailed possums and white-bellied sea eagles. They’ll discover what these creatures eat, where they sleep and how they live in this incredibly unique coastal environment.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

Objectives

Students will:

  • Identify the native animals and plants that live in Booti Booti National Park
  • Explore and discuss the threats to plants and animals, including urbanisation and introduced species that impact their survival.
  • Investigate sustainable practices that protect and support the natural environment

Excursion details

When

Weekdays during school terms

Availability
Guided. Available on request. Shorter length excursions are available on request.
Where
Booti Booti National Park
Duration
4hrs
Grading
Medium. Guided tour and activities on uneven surfaces in the park and on the beach dunes.
Price

$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
The Ruins campground carpark
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
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.
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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-2-geography-earths-environment-booti-booti-national-park/local-alerts

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Info for teachers

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Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk.
  • Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
  • Toilet break and morning tea
  • Walk to the beach
  • Learn about the park’s coastal heath and rainforest, and how they survive this harsh environment.
  • Identify living environments of various animals and plants and examine the specific adaptations that support their survival.
  • Investigate the structural features of unique native plants
  • Conduct a field sketch of the park
  • Lunch
  • Return to the campground and toilets
  • Farewell and depart on bus

Getting there and parking

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    The Ruins campground and picnic area is located in Booti Booti National Park.

    To get there from Forster:

    • Follow The Lakes Way for 15km towards Pacific Palms
    • Turn left into the campground

    To get there from the Pacific Highway near Bulahdelah:

    • Follow The Lakes Way for 45km
    • Turn right into the campground

    What to bring

    Please 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 and any necessary medications.

    It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag because we have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.

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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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.