School excursion

The earth's environment at Wattamolla

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

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Overview

This Stage 2 excursion at Wattamolla, Royal National Park, is a fun and engaging learning experience for students. It aligns with the earth's environment content of the Geography K-10 Syllabus.

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Students participate in a series of hands-on activities to explore both aquatic and terrestrial environments. They investigate how these different environments provide habitats for animals.

Students will have the unique experience of going on a bushwalk along a section of the upgraded Coast track. During this walk, they'll examine how the environment is being protected from human impacts. They'll also explore ways that Aboriginal people use the environment sustainably. 

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key 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

Objectives

Students will:

  • Meet our fun, furry preserved animals to learn about how important habitat is to animals
  • Participate in a Dharawal seasonal calendar activity to explore Aboriginal sustainable environmental management practices
  • Do a mini-beast hunt exploring biodiversity
  • Dip-net in a freshwater creek, investigating the natural environment and animal habitats
  • Model habitats/a location map using natural materials.

Excursion details

When

Week days during school term.

Where
Royal National Park
Duration
4hrs
Grading
Easy. Guided activities are in a woodland/ heath environment which includes stairs. Some activities on grass, near a creek and a beach.
Price

Student $20 per person. Includes GST, guide and park entry fees. For groups under 25 students, use the 'Enquire now' link.

Accessibility
Easy
Meeting point
Meet at Wattamolla car park
Equipment
provided
No. All field equipment is provided.
Booking
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.
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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

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-wattamolla-royal-national-park/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in Royal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Wattamolla and Garie Beach - cash and credit card facilities available. Please bring correct change. There's also coin and card operated pay and display machines to buy day passes.

    Vehicles over 8 seats: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day). Students on educational programs: $1.10 per student. Teachers/educational supervisors: free (1 adult per 10 students).

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about The earth's environment at Wattamolla.

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Talk about preserved animals, observing animal habitats 
  • Morning tea
  • Mini-beast hunt exploring biodiversity
  • Dip-netting in a freshwater creek, investigating the natural environment and animal habitats
  • Dharawal seasonal calendar activity to explore Aboriginal sustainable environmental management practices
  • Lunch
  • Bushwalk along coastal track, identifying human impacts and management actions used to protect the environment
  • Modelling habitats/a location map using natural materials
  • Farewell and depart on bus.

Getting there and parking

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    Wattamolla is located on the coast in the Royal National Park and offers spectacular scenery with accessible bush walks, lagoon, lookouts, a creek and a beach. Follow Sir Bertram Stevens Drive (approximately 11km from Audley weir). Turn onto Wattamolla Road (200m south of the Bundeena turn off) and drive along Wattamolla road for approximately 4km.

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    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

    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

    Wheelchair accessible car park, picnic areas and most activity areas. There is no accessible bush track. If you have someone with special needs, please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.

    Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan