The earth's environment at Nielsen Park
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Sydney Harbour National Park
Did you know that over 9 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 Nielsen Park.
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Students will learn about the critical role national parks play in preserving our unique native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage.
They'll explore the significance of the environment at Nielsen Park and the important interrelationships between humans and the environment.
We'll learn about the fascinating and endangered Nielsen Park sheoak tree – found in limited numbers at this site. Ironically, this species has only survived and regenerated through fire, and is now threatened due to the absence of periodic fire events. Guides explain how they discovered this adaptation, and what they're doing to support the sheoak's ongoing survival.
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.
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
Weekdays (all year).
- Guided. Available on request.
- Easy. Guided tour and activities along an unsealed walking path including a board walk, grassed area and stairs.
$16 per student. Minimum 20 students. GST included.
- Meeting point
- Entrance to Nielsen Park off Greycliffe Avenue
- Yes. All equipment is supplied.
- 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-the-earths-environment-at-nielsen-park-sydney-harbour-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour
- 02 9668 2006
- 02 9337 7012
- in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully. You can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.
Landing fees or tour fees apply to visit Sydney Harbour islands. All public visitors to Shark, Clark or Rodd Island, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes do not cover landing fees.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about The earth's environment at Nielsen Park.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
- Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
- Walk to the lawns of Greycliffe House, morning tea, toilet break
- Identify the living environments of various animals and plants and examine their specific adaptations that support their survival
- Investigate the structural features of some Australian native plants including the endangered Nielsen Park sheoak
- Conduct a field sketch of the park
- Walk along the Hermitage foreshore taking in views to the city
- Discuss the physical features of the harbour and learn about the difference between a bay and a harbour. The Hermitage foreshore offers a great class photo opportunity.
- Return to Greycliffe Avenue. Farewell and depart on bus.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
The school needs to arrange the transport to and from Nielsen Park. Take New South Head Road away from the city. Turn left into Vaucluse Road and then left into Greycliffe Avenue. Meet at the corner of Coolong Road and Greycliffe Avenue.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available in Greycliffe Avenue, including several designated disabled spots.
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).
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 - hard
Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty. Please let us know if you are bringing someone with accessibility requirements so that we can plan accordingly. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets at Nielsen Park.