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School excursion

The earth's environment at Lane Cove

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Lane Cove National Park

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about The earth's environment at Lane Cove.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
  • Walk to the shore of the Lane Cove River, morning tea, toilet break
  • Identify the living environments of various animals and plants and how they survive within the riparian zone
  • Investigate the structural features of some Australian native plants
  • Conduct a field sketch of the park 
  • Lunch
  • Explore the park environment and the potential impacts of urbanisation
  • Discuss sustainable practices and people-powered restoration of the Lane Cove River through bush regeneration projects, including the Friends of Lane Cove 
  • Return to park entrance. Farewell and depart on bus.

What to bring

Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

Getting there and parking

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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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - easy

    Picnic area can accommodate a wheelchair and the toilet is wheelchair accessible.

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    Park info

    • in Lane Cove National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
    • Lane Cove National Park is open 9am to 7pm during daylight savings (until 6pm at other times). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Park entry fees:

      $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines. 

      Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Prior payment may be required, please phone the Lane Cove National Park Office for more information.

      Group bookings:

      Under the National Parks and Wildlife Regulation 2009, prior written approval is required for organised groups of 30 or more people planning to visit the park. Contact the park office prior to your visit.

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