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The earth's environment

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


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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 Hunter Wetlands National Park.

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Hunter Wetlands National Park is an internationally significant, Ramsar-listed wetland. It consists of Kooragang and Shortland wetlands and a wildlife corridor connecting Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island.

Students will learn about the history of this unique environment and the impact of European settlement on the area. They'll discover the important role of workers in a national park, and how they can help to conserve and protect these special places.

Students will learn about the critical role national parks play in preserving our unique native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage. With their guide, they'll explore this place that's home to over 100 types of birds and 45 species of international migratory birds.

We’ll look at some of the key, human-led threats to native species and places including urbanisation and domestic pests. By examining these threats we’ll invoke a strong sense of the role students – our future environmental leaders – can play in preserving these important places for the future.

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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 who manage a park
  • Explore the environment
  • Understand why visitors enjoy this area
  • Search for evidence of animals that live here
  • 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. Subject to staff availability.
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bushwalking tracks, and on a grassed picnic area.

$380 per group for 4 hours (includes GST). Shorter tours available. Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Meeting point
Riverside Park in Hunter Wetlands National Park
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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