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What is a national park?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Awabakal Nature Reserve


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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 Awabakal Nature Reserve.

Learn about the local Aboriginal culture and impact of European settlement on the area.

Read more about What is a national park?

Explore the changing ecosystems from the forest to the sea.

Understand the important role of workers in a national park, and how you can help to conserve and protect these special places. Explore the high diversity of flora, including the last pocket of coastal rainforest in the region, and animal species.

Students will learn about the critical role national parks play in preserving our native plants, animals and rich cultural heritage.

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)
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

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


Students will:

  • Visit, explore and identify some features of a national park
  • Visit sites and understand how National Parks protect different types of heritage
  • Identify the roles of workers in managing a park
  • Explore the environment
  • Understand why visitors enjoy the area
  • Search for evidence of animals that live there
  • Observe evidence of human activities and interactions
  • Identify ways to help conserve and protect our heritage.

Excursion details



Guided. Available on request.
2-4 hr
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban National park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, along sandy tracks and on a grassed picnic area.

$225 per group (includes GST) for 2 hours. Longer tours are available. Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Look for the Discovery ranger outside Awabakal Environmental Education Centre, Boundary St, Dudley.
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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