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School excursion

People and place

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Sherwood Nature Reserve

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about People and place.

Program outline

  • Welcome, safety briefing and introduction
  • Ranger-guided walk along Woolgoolga Creek
  • Overview of past to present land use
  • Ecosystem values enquiry – pair and share
  • Case studies discussion
  • What makes a weed? Discuss.
  • Role play debate
  • Conclusion and farewell

What to bring

Please wear 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, drinking water and any necessary medications. We recommend using insect repellent in the warmer months.

It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack so they’re easy to carry as you walk.

Getting there and parking

Woolgoolga Creek picnic area is in the Woolgoolga Creek precinct of Sherwood Nature Reserve. To get there from Woolgoolga:

  • Turn west at the Pullen Street roundabout in Woolgoolga, which later becomes Woolgoolga Creek Road.
  • Follow for approximately 3km until the end of the bitumen road
  • Turn left at the junction with Gentle Annie Road to reach Woolgoolga Creek picnic area

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather


Parking is available at Woolgoolga Creek picnic area.

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 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 - medium

Activities take place along a formed gravel track with some obstacles in the form of a small creek crossing. The creek crossing is normally very shallow and easy to cross, but can be deeper after storms or heavy rain.

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Park info

  • in Sherwood Nature Reserve in the North Coast region
  • Sherwood Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather, fire danger or damage to trail network.