School excursion

What is a national park?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Glenrock State Conservation Area

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On this school excursion, Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE students will explore the beautiful natural and built environments of Glenrock State Conservation Area. Discover why people visit this area, what activities they can enjoy, and learn about the local Aboriginal culture and the impact of European settlement on the area.

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

Glenrock State Conservation Area is located 10 minutes’ drive from Newcastle CBD and protects numerous historic and indigenous sites. Glenrock protects a high diversity of flora, including the last pocket of coastal rainforest in the region, and animal species such as the Powerful Owl. Walk the Yeulerbah track, an ancient Aboriginal pathway, to Burwood Beach and explore the changing ecosystems from the forest to the sea.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
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 beach to 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


Weekdays all year.

Guided. Available on request.
Yuelarbah walking track, Glenrock State Conservation Area
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, up a flight of stairs, along a beach 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
Glenrock State Conservation Area, Burwood Road carpark, Dudley.
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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Program outline

  • Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgment
  • Bush walk investigating open forest environment
  • Bush walk investigating creek environment
  • Morning tea
  • Bush walk investigating rainforest environment
  • Bush walk investigating beach environment
  • Lunch
  • Role play looking at different jobs in National Parks
  • Conclusion and farewell

Getting there and parking

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    This tour commences at Burwood Road carpark, Dudley and concludes at the Glenrock Scout Camp. Buses need to travel to the Scout Camp (located at the end of Scout Camp Road, off Burwood Rd) to collect students at the end of the tour. Coach parking is available at the Scout camp.

    Park entry points


    Parking is available at Yuelarbah carpark on Burwood Road.

    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.


    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Wheelchair access to Flaggy Creek bridge only. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.