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What is a national park?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Burning Mountain Nature Reserve


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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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On this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion focused on HSIE in Burning Mountain Nature Reserve, learn about the local Aboriginal culture and the impact of European settlement on the area. Explore the unique geology and natural environment of this park and discover why people visit this area.

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


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
  • Walk to the burning coal seam to explore the environment and 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


Weekdays (all year).

Guided. Available on request.
Burning Mountain Nature Reserve
Medium. Guided activities in a rural nature reserve, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, up and down numerous stairs and on a grassed picnic area.

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

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Look for the NPWS Discovery ranger at the Burning Mountain Nature Reserve Council carpark.
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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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