What is a national park?
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Morton National 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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What is a national park? is a Stage 2 (Years 3-4) school excursion in Morton National Park, focusing on HSIE. Come on a guided walk with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger and explore the natural environment, the impact of fire, the relationship between plants and animals and habitat change.
Students can dress up in the uniforms of various NSW National Parks staff, with discussion about the importance of these jobs, benefits to the park and park visitors, and human impacts on parks. Students can also do a 'minibeast measure', using simple plots to identify and record minibeasts and habitats. This education activity addresses syllabus requirements for primary students through interactive displays, hands-on activities and research.
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
- Guided. Available on request.
$295 per group for up to 25 students, $11.80 per student (includes GST).
- 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-morton-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - South Coast
- 02 4236 0469
- in Morton National Park in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
Morton National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Parts of the south-eastern area of this park were once used for military training and may contain unexploded artillery shells. These areas have restrictions in place for your safety.
Park entry fees:
Fitzroy Falls: $4 per vehicle per day. Bundanoon area: $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines - cash and cards accepted.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about What is a national park?.
Getting there and parking
Fitzroy Falls is in the northern precinct of Morton National Park. To get there:
- From Moss Vale, drive 18km east along Nowra Road to Fitzroy Falls.
- From Nowra, drive 41km via Kangaroo Valley and Nowra Road.
- From Wollongong, drive 65km via Robertson along Illawarra Highway, Sheepwash Road into Nowra Road.
- From Sydney, drive 137km via Hume Highway to Mittagong, then Bowral into Sheepwash Road and Nowra Road.
- From Canberra, drive 174km via Hume and Illawarra highways to Moss Vale, then into Nowra Road.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, including several designated disabled spots. Bus parking is available. A daily motor vehicle entry fee applies at the visitor centre carpark.
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 - easy
Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.