People and place
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Sherwood Nature Reserve
People and place is a Stage 3 (Years 5-6) geography excursion at Sherwood Nature Reserve. Come and explore what makes this remnant lowland rainforest ecosystem unique, and how people have interacted with and valued this place over time.
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On this school excursion, students will compare and contrast ways that community attitudes and values have changed through time to shape our natural landscapes. They’ll explore how the natural environment influences people.
Students will observe environmental changes at a local scale from forest management practices and compare changes in a rainforest versus a disturbed forest environment.
As they learn about this unique place, students will develop an appreciation for cultural and resource values versus aesthetic and ecosystem values. They’ll subsequently recognise how people contribute to the sustainability of an area.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments
GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments
Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 4.30pm during school terms.
- Guided. Available on request. Please provide us with at least 2 week's notice if you would like to book this school excursion.
- Woolgoolga Creek picnic area, Sherwood Nature Reserve
- 2hrs 30min
- Easy. Ranger-guided walk and activities mostly along a flat, gravel fire trail. One shallow (or dry) creek bed crossing, sections of leaf litter on the forest floor and unsealed walking path.
- Meeting point
- Woolgoolga Creek picnic area
- 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-3-geography-people-place-sherwood-nature-reserve/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - North Coast
- (02) 6657 2309
- (02) 6657 2145
- 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.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about People and place.
- 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
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
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- All weather
Parking is available at Woolgoolga Creek picnic area.
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.
Maps and downloads
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.