WildTracker at Dorrigo National Park
Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Science and Technology, Dorrigo National Park
Join us and walk on the wild side of Dorrigo on WildTracker – an excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students. Together we’ll immerse ourselves in this stunning natural environment and use scientific skills of enquiry to discover its secrets.
Read more about WildTracker at Dorrigo National Park
Students will carry out field investigations to explore the living world of Dorrigo National Park. We’ll collect, sort and group a series of rainforest invertebrates, perform a tree shake and role-play our leaf damage detective. Results of these investigations form the basis for discussions on lifecycle stages and factors that influence invertebrate distribution in the forest.
Students will learn about the complexity of life in the forest and the myriad co-dependencies between species.
We’ll examine what it means to be a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, and what’s involved in protecting the rainforest.
This excursion is designed to support the K-6 science and technology syllabus topic The Living World.
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|
ST2-1WS-S. Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations
ST2-2DP-T. Selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity
ST2-4LW-S. Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things
- Weekdays during school terms.
- Guided. Available on request.
- Dorrigo National Park
- $235 per group up to 20 students. GST included. For groups over 20, conditions apply.
- Meeting point
- Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road
- 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-science-technology-wildtracker-dorrigo-national-park/local-alerts
- 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.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about WildTracker at Dorrigo National Park.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
- Explore the rainforest environment, taking part in hands on activities; tree shake and leaf damage detective
- Examine and discuss the diverse species that call the forest home. Explore their co-dependencies and the interconnectedness of all things.
- Discuss UNESCO World-Heritage listings, what’s involved in protecting the environment, and the work undertaken by NPWS.
- Farewell and depart
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
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
- Dome Road See on map
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, including bus parking and several designated disabled spots.
What to bring
Please wear long pants, closed, comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. Remember to bring extra food and water, and any necessary medications. Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.
Maps and downloads
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 - medium
Guided activities on a grassed area, along an unsealed track and amongst the leaf litter and gravel creek bed. There are some shallow creek crossings.