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What is a national park?

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Hunter Wetlands National Park


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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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This school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) HSIE students, explores the beautiful natural and built environments of Ash Island in Hunter Wetlands National Park. Learn about the history of the area and the impact of European settlement. Understand the role of workers in the park, and how you can help to conserve and protect this special place.

Hunter Wetlands National Park is an internationally significant (Ramsar-listed) wetland consisting of Kooragang and Shortland wetlands and a wildlife corridor connecting Ironbark Creek, the Hunter River and Ash Island. Extremely popular with birdwatchers, the park is home to over 100 bird species and 45 species of international migratory birds, and is a welcome refuge for them in times of drought.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

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


Students will:

  • Visit, explore and identify some features of a national park
  • Visit sites and understand how National Parks protect different types of heritage
  • Identify the roles of workers in managing a park
  • Explore the environment
  • Understand why visitors enjoy the area
  • Search for evidence of animals that live there
  • Observe evidence of human activities and interactions
  • Identify ways to help conserve and protect our heritage.

Excursion details


Weekdays all year.

Guided. Available on request. Subject to staff availability.
Hunter Wetlands National Park
Medium. Guided activities in a suburban national park, on formed and uneven bush walking tracks, and on a grassed picnic area.

$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Meeting point
Ash Island Schoolhouse carpark, Ash Island.
Yes. All equipment is provided.
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