School excursion

What is a national park?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park

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Overview

This excursion experience has been updated and is now being delivered in line with the new NSW Department of Education Curriculum. We will be revising this excursion's name and information online soon. Contact your local national parks office for more information about the updated excursion.

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Explore the unique natural and built environments of Blue Gum Hills Regional Park on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion focusing on HSIE. Discover why people visit this area and what activities they can enjoy. You'll also learn about the local Aboriginal culture and the impact of European settlement on the area.

Students will learn to understand the role of workers in a national park, and how you can help to conserve and protect these special places.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area HSIE
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

Objectives

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

When

Weekdays (all year).

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park
Duration
4hrs
Grading
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, and on a grassed picnic area.
Price

$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Blue Gum Hills Regional Park carpark, off Minmi Rd, Minmi.
Equipment
provided
Yes
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-hsie-what-is-a-national-park-blue-gum-hills-regional-park/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in Blue Gum Hills Regional Park in the North Coast region
  • Blue Gum Hills Regional Park is open 7.30am to 8pm during daylight savings (7.30am to 5pm at other times), but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about What is a national park? .

Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgment - 15min.
  • Bush walk investigating open forest environment - 40min.
  • Bush walk investigating cultural heritage - 30min.
  • Morning tea - 15min.
  • Bush walk investigating mining heritage sites - 30min.
  • Return walk investigating habitats along the way - 40min.
  • Lunch - 40min.
  • Role play looking at different jobs in National Parks - 20min.
  • Conclusion and farewell - 10min.

Getting there and parking

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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).

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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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    Wheelchair facilities include disabled toilets, parking and picnic access. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.