School excursion

The earth's environment

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Towarri 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) earth’s environment Geography excursion is delivered at Towarri National Park.

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Students will go for a walk along the banks of Middle Brook to Washpools waterhole. They’ll observe the high diversity of plant species and changing ecosystems from the forest floor to the mountaintops. Washpools is a natural waterhole, making it a great place to undertake nature surveys.

As students explore, they’ll come to understand the important role of workers in a national park. Through investigation and discussion, they’ll discover how they can help to conserve and protect these special places.

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:

  • 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


Monday to Friday during school terms.

Guided. Available on request.
Medium. Guided tour and activities on an undulating, unsealed fire trail, along a creek bed, amongst leaf litter on the forest floor and along an unsealed walking path.

$10 per student.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Washpools picnic area and viewing platform in Towarri National Park.
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Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement of Country
  • Bushwalk investigating creek environment
  • Morning tea
  • Bushwalk and nature survey
  • Lunch
  • Role play looking at different jobs in NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
  • Conclusion and farewell

Getting there and parking

From Scone, take Middlebrook Road and drive for 20km to Washpools picnic area. The last 7km of this road is unsealed.

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


There's a gravel carpark at Washpools picnic area and viewing platform.

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.


Disability access level - no wheelchair access