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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 10 per cent of NSW is a national park? That’s over 7 million hectares. This Stage 2 (Years 3-4) Geography excursion is delivered Hunter Wetlands National Park.

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Students will learn about the critical role NSW National Parks plays in conserving our unique native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage.

They’ll explore the significance of the environment at Hunter Wetlands National Park, a Ramsar-listed wetland, and the important interrelationships between humans and nature. They will learn about the history and culture of the Aboriginal people and their relationship with this country.

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.

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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:

  • Use geographical tools to identify features of a National Park.
  • Understand Aboriginal connection to country.
  • Identify plants, animals and invertebrates and investigate their role in an ecosystem.
  • Learn about the various management roles in a National Park and how these contribute to conserving environment, heritage, and culture.

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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Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement of Country – 15min
  • Bushwalk to Scott’s Point – 40min
  • Bushwalk to Riverside Park – 30min
  • Morning tea – 15min
  • Bushwalk investigating rehabilitation of the island – 30min
  • Explore the diversity of life in the lagoons and along the mangrove boardwalk – 40min
  • Lunch – 40min
  • Role play looking at different jobs in NSW National Parks – 20min
  • Conclusion and farewell – 10min

Getting there and parking

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    Riverside Park is in the Ash Island precinct of Hunter Wetlands National Park. To get there from Newcastle:

    • Follow the Pacific Highway north towards Hexham
    • Turn right onto Ash Island Bridge
    • Follow the signs to Riverside Park

    What to bring

    Everyone needs to wear a hat and sunscreen, bring wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Drinking water is available at the schoolhouse. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

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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 - hard

    Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly