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Exploring the rainforest

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area


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Join us and explore a unique rainforest environment on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) geography excursion at Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Students will conduct field exercises and learn what makes rainforest areas so special.

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Students will be guided through the dynamic rainforest in the foothills of Barrington Tops. This breathtaking area is the most accessible tract of rare dry rainforest in the Gloucester district. Walking along Copeland Creek, we’ll soak up the scenery under a canopy of red cedar, grey myrtles, shatterwood and many more majestic rainforest species.

The group will discover what a rainforest is and determine why they’re such special places and how we can conserve them. As they explore, they'll identify sustainable practices while considering the significance of the rainforest. Activities along the way may include rainforest art, data collection, a bug survey, nature observation and sensory awareness.

Uncover the mysterious wildlife that call this special place home, including koalas, spotted-tailed quolls, microbats, brush-tailed possums and wompoo pigeons. Students will discover what they eat, where they sleep and how they live in this incredibly diverse environment.

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:

  • Take a guided walk through a rainforest
  • Observe and identify some of the plants and animals living in the rainforest and the relationships between them
  • Identify sustainable practices
  • Investigate the way people value national parks
  • Discuss who organises and manages places like Copeland Tops State Conservation Area and why these national parks are so important
  • Observe the human impact on the rainforest and how this can be managed

Key inquiry questions:

  • How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
  • How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?
  • What are the features and uses of Copeland Tops Rainforest?
  • What animals live in Copeland Tops Rainforest?
  • How is the rainforest in Copeland Tops State Conservation Area valued and how can we sustainably protect it in the future?

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term.

Guided. Available on request.
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area

$240 for 30 participants (includes GST). Larger school groups welcome, conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Copeland Tops State Conservation Area carpark
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