School excursion

WilderQuest WildTracker

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Science and Technology, Dorrigo National Park

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Overview

Come on a WilderQuest WildTracker school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students, focusing on science and technology. Students will carry out investigations and explore the living world in Dorrigo National Park.

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Discover the wide range of invertebrates that live among the trees. Explore the relationship between plants and animals as you investigate the evidence that is left behind. WildTracker excursions allow students to learn about and explore our amazing natural environments alongside national parks guides. Students immerse themselves in the natural environment and enrich their understanding of the diversity and relationships that thrive within our protected areas.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area Science and Technology
Objectives
  • Students engage with the local environment of the national park. They become aware of the plants and animals that live in this particular place.  
  • Students investigate some features of plants and animals, how they can be grouped and how they rely on each other.
  • Students learn about the role played by NSW national parks staff in protecting the environment for the people of NSW.

Excursion details

When
Weekdays during school terms.
Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Dorrigo National Park
Duration
2hrs
Grading
Easy
Price
$225 per group up to 20 students. For groups over 20 conditions apply.
Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
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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Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-2-science-and-technology-wilderquest-wildtracker-dorrigo-national-park/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in Dorrigo National Park in the North Coast region
  • Dorrigo National Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) 9am to 4.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about WilderQuest WildTracker.

Program outline

  • Explore our natural environment along a bush track to find out what amazing plants and animals live within the park.
  • Carry out investigations to find some of the invertebrates living in the undergrowth by searching for and examining invertebrates among the trees.
  • Discover the relationship between plants and animals through investigations and identify evidence of life cycles.

Getting there and parking

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    Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is in the western precinct of Dorrigo National Park.

    To get there from Armidale:

    • Drive east along the Waterfall Way for approximately 90 minutes
    • Turn left into Dome Road approximately 2km after you pass through Dorrigo

    To get there from Coffs Harbour:

    • Travel south along the Pacific Highway
    • After crossing Bellinger River, take the Waterfall Way exit to Dorrigo via Bellingen
    • Turn right at Dome Road and continue for approximately 1.6km to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, including bus parking and several designated disabled spots.

    What to bring

    It’s a good idea to wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. And remember to bring food, water, first aid kit and any necessary medications.

    Maps and downloads

    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

    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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    Assistance may be required to access this area. The path has a wheelchair option if required. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

    View from behind the Crystal Shower Falls. Photo: Michael van Ewijk