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What is a national park?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Cattai National Park


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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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Come and explore the protected environment of Mitchell Park. Learn why it’s an important wildlife refuge, and discover pockets of rainforest, tall forests and wetlands on this school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students that focuses on HSIE Geography outcomes.

Mitchell Park is part of Cattai National Park and has a diverse range of environments, including original pockets of Cumberland Plain Woodland. It has a long history as a popular recreation picnic area in Western Sydney. Students will learn about the culture, history and features of the park and discover ways people interact with, and have impacted the environment over time.

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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

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

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

Objectives Students will: 
  • Bushwalk to explore the natural environment, discover and identify plants, habitats and evidence of animals in the area. 
  • Investigate how people interact with different activities and with the natural environment. 
  • Discuss the impacts on the environment and how they can be managed. 
  • Look for evidence of change over time. 
  • Explore issues, values and attitudes towards national parks.

Excursion details

Weekdays during school terms.
Mitchell Park picnic area, Cattai National Park
Easy. Guided walk along an undulating unsealed track over some sandy, rocky ground and along a creek. Activities in a bushland picnic area.

$15 per student with a minimum $300 for 20 students or less (includes GST).

Meeting point
Mitchell Park Field Studies Centre
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Park info

  • in Cattai National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Cattai National Park opens from 8am to 5pm (May to October) and 8am to 8pm (November to April). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day (including motorbikes). The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring credit card or correct coins.

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