School excursion

Games and fun activities at Kinchega

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

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This is a program of fun games and activities we can play together in Kinchega National Park or Discovery rangers can visit your school. Designed for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students with a focus on History, Geography and science, choose from some of these games: the Aboriginal site game, tracks and traces, Barkindji bush foods or the threatened species game.

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While having fun, students learn about the importance of Place for Aboriginal people, bush foods and traditional knowledge and practices. They'll also discover how human activity and threats affect our local wildlife and natural 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

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


Students will play games to:

  • Learn about Aboriginal sites as they move to music
  • Recognise and replicate animal tracks
  • Collect and gather bush foods images if in school
  • Learn about the impact of ferals and human activity on native wildlife.

Students will also be able to try bush foods in season, on a visit to a national park or reserve.

Excursion details

Subject to staff availability.

$5 per student for a half day tour (up to 3 hours).

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All the practical information you need to know about Games and fun activities at Kinchega.

Program outline

  • Aboriginal Site Game - move to music across the landscape from site to site as one by one they are removed.
  • Tracks and Traces - recognise different animal tracks and make some with paint and your hands.
  • At a national park - go on a short walk to see what we can discover
  • Barkindji Bush Foods - hunt and gather for photos of bush foods, learning about responsible harvesting and how bush food is prepared and eaten.
  • At a national park we can try bush foods that are in season.
  • Threatened Species Game – play musical chairs and learn how humans impact on wildlife habitats, things get interesting when we start adding feral animals!

Getting there and parking

On entering Kinchega National Park:

  • Take Woolshed Drive
  • The Kinchega Woolshed is 15km from the park entrance

Road quality

Check the weather before you set out as roads in Kinchega National Park can be closed in heavy rain.

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available in hard-packed ground carparks at Kinchega Woolshed.

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).

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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.


Disability access level - medium

Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so we can plan accordingly.