Sensing the rainforest at Dorrigo National Park
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Dorrigo National Park
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)|
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
- Guided. Available on request.
- Dorrigo National Park
$235 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.
- No wheelchair access
- Meeting point
- Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, via Waterfall Way and Dome Road
- 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-sensing-rainforest-dorrigo/local-alerts
- North Coast
- 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.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Sensing the rainforest at Dorrigo National Park.
- 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
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
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 - no wheelchair access
Activity path includes a medium gradient timber ramp about 30 metres long, narrow sealed tracks with some uneven sections.