What is a national park?
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Glenrock State Conservation Area
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 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)|
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.
- 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.
- 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-glenrock-state-conservation-area/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Newcastle Hunter
- 02 4946 4112
- 02 4946 4150
- Hunter Wetland Centre, Sandgate Road, Shortland NSW
- in Glenrock State Conservation Area in the North Coast region
Glenrock State Conservation Area is always open 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
- Bush walk investigating open forest environment
- Bush walk investigating creek environment
- Morning tea
- Bush walk investigating rainforest environment
- Bush walk investigating beach environment
- Role play looking at different jobs in National Parks
- Conclusion and farewell
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
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
- Yuelarbah picnic area See on map
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).
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 - 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.