Exploring the rainforest
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Booti Booti National Park
Explore the diverse rainforest environment of Booti Booti National Park on a geography school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students. You’ll go on a guided rainforest walk, collect field data and participate in a bug survey.
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Students will be guided through the park and introduced to different coastal and rainforest ecosystems. They’ll discover what a rainforest is, determine why they’re such special places and how we can conserve them.
As they explore, students will identify sustainable practices while considering the significance of the rainforest. They’ll take part in activities along the way including rainforest art, data collection, bug survey, nature observation and sensory awareness.
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. 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.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
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
Key inquiry questions:
Weekdays during school terms.
- Guided. Available on request.
- Booti Booti National Park in North Coast
- Medium. Guided tour and activities along an unsealed walking path including sand, grassed area and stairs.
$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- The Ruins campground carpark
- 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.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-geography-exploring-rainforest-booti-booti-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Newcastle Hunter
- 02 4927 3267
- Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
- in Booti Booti National Park in the North Coast region
Booti Booti National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Exploring the rainforest.
- 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
- Climb the northern side of Booti Hill through coastal heath and rainforest
- Identify the 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
- Return to the campground and toilets
- Farewell and depart on bus
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
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.
Maps and downloads
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 - medium
Medium access presents some minor difficulties, such as a grassy surface. You may require a little assistance to get around in some areas.