Aboriginal culture: Ash Island
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Hunter Wetlands National Park
Aboriginal culture is a school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE students exploring the beautiful natural and built environments of Ash Island, part of Hunter Wetlands National Park. Through first-hand experiences learn about the culture of the Awabakal People, how they lived, what resources they used and the significance of the land and Dreamtime stories.
Read more about Aboriginal culture: Ash Island
Hunter Wetlands National Park is an internationally significant (Ramsar-listed) wetland consisting of Kooragang and Shortland wetlands and a wildlife corridor connecting Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island. Extremely popular with birdwatchers the park is home to over 100 bird species and 45 species of international migratory birds, and is a welcome refuge in times of drought.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 2 (Years 3-4)|
|Key learning area||HSIE|
GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments
GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact
HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects
Weekdays all year.
- Hunter Wetlands National Park
- Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, and on a grassed picnic area.
$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- Ash Island Schoolhouse carpark, Ash Island.
- No. All equipment is provided.
- 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-hsie-aboriginal-culture-ash-island-hunter-wetlands-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Newcastle Hunter
- 02 4946 4112
- 02 4946 4150
- Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
- in Hunter Wetlands National Park in the North Coast region
Hunter Wetlands National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Aboriginal culture: Ash Island .
- Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement
- Bush walk –environment and culture
- Morning tea
- Aboriginal cultural activities (may include: weapons and tools, bush foods or art)
- Local Dreamtime stories
- Conclusion and farewell
Getting there and parking
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 - medium
Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.