School excursion

Ranger talk at Kinchega

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

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Ranger talk at Kinchega is Stage 2 (Years 3-4) Geography excursion at Kinchega National Park. Meet a NSW National Park Ranger and learn about their job while exploring in the natural environment - or have a Ranger visit you in your classroom.

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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

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Learn about what a ranger does in National Parks. This includes looking after visitors, park heritage, native plants and animals as well as important planning roles and fire management.
  • Students learn about threatened species including the Purple Wood Wattle that occurs on Kinchega National Park.
  • There is plenty of time for students to ask questions either spontaneously or prepared in class the day before.

Excursion details

Subject to staff availability.

$5 per student for a half day tour.

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Ranger talk at Kinchega.

Program outline

  • Students meet at campsite 20 on the Darling River (conditions permitting) for a short introduction to Kinchega National Park.
  • Students then make themselves comfortable on the ground under the shade of the River Red Gums beside the Darling River.
  • A ranger talks to students about their job and uses posters, fire uniforms and specimens to highlight the talk components.
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions throughout and a dedicated question answer time can be included if students have prepared questions in class.
  • The session can then be finished with a game (Aboriginal Sites, Barkindji Bush Foods, Tacks and Traces or Threatened Species) depending on the teachers needs and time availability.

This activity can also be held in your classroom.

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

Assistance may be required to access this area. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.