School excursion

Sensing the rainforest at Dorrigo National Park

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Dorrigo National Park

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Overview

Join us and explore the rainforest in this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) geography excursion in Dorrigo National Park. Students will examine the wonders of the Gondwana Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site.

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Through guided, sensory activities such as silent sit spots, blindfolded games and nature observation, students become immersed in the rainforest.

Geographical concepts of place, space, environment and interconnection are explored, and fieldwork observation is put into practice.

Through fun activities, students will connect deeply with their environment and learn of its significance within a broad geographical context.

This excursion is designed to support the geography K-10 syllabus topic – Factors that Shape Places.  

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

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE3-1. Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments

GE3-4. Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

Objectives

Students will:

  • Visit the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest 
  • Participate in fun and interactive learning activities
  • Use geographical tools of enquiry to better understand a local environment
  • Gain an understanding of the nature of a World Heritage-listed place, its significance, and how it’s cared for.

Excursion details

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Dorrigo National Park
Duration
2hrs
Grading
Easy
Price

$235 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, via Waterfall Way and 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-3-geography-sensing-rainforest-dorrigo/local-alerts

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Operated by

  • North Coast

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 Sensing the rainforest at Dorrigo National Park.

Program outline

  • Meet at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
  • Walk 1km to The Glade picnic area
  • Interpretation by NPWS guide summarising the main natural and human impacts which put this ecosystem at risk
  • Interpretation of rainforest features through various sensing games along the track
  • Return to The Glade picnic area for lunch and bus pickup
  • Farewell and depart

Getting there and parking

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    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.

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    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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Activity path includes a medium gradient timber ramp about 30 metres long, narrow sealed tracks with some uneven sections.