School excursion

WildTracker at Dorrigo National Park

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

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Overview

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.

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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
Student outcomes

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

Objectives

Students will:

  • Engage with the local environment of the national park. They'll become aware of the plants and animals that live in this particular place.  
  • Investigate some features of plants and animals, how they can be grouped and how they rely on each other.
  • Learn about UNESCO and World-Heritage listings, and how important these are in protecting unique environments world-wide.
  • 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
$235 per group up to 20 students. GST included. For groups over 20, conditions apply.
Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
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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-technology-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 WildTracker at Dorrigo National Park.

Program outline

  • 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

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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

    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

    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

    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.

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