What is a national park?
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Blue Gum Hills Regional Park
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|
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
Weekdays (all year).
- Guided. Available on request.
- Blue Gum Hills Regional 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
- Blue Gum Hills Regional Park carpark, off Minmi Rd, Minmi.
- 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-what-is-a-national-park-blue-gum-hills-regional-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Newcastle Hunter
- 02 4946 4112
- 02 4946 4150
- Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
- 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.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about What is a national park? .
- 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
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
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.