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Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve


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On this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion in Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, students will explore the unique geology and natural environment of this park and discover why people visit this area.

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Did you know that over 9 per cent of NSW is a national park? That’s over 7 million hectares. On this school excursion, students will discover the important role of workers in a national park, and how they can help to conserve and protect these special places.

They’ll learn about the local Aboriginal culture and the impact of European settlement on the area. As they explore, students will identify the critical role national parks play in preserving our unique native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage.

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


Students will:

  • Visit, explore and identify some features of a national park.
  • Visit sites and understand how national parks protect different types of heritage
  • Identify the roles of workers in managing a park
  • Walk to the burning coal seam to explore the environment and understand why visitors enjoy the area
  • Search for evidence of animals that live there
  • Observe evidence of human activities and interactions
  • Identify ways to help conserve and protect our heritage

Excursion details


Weekdays (all year).

Guided. Available on request.
Medium. Guided activities in a rural nature reserve, on formed and uneven bushwalking tracks, up and down numerous stairs and on a grassed picnic area.

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

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Look for the NPWS ranger at the Burning Mountain Nature Reserve Council carpark.
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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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