School excursion

Living world WildTracker: Nielsen Park

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Science and Technology, Sydney Harbour National Park

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Overview

On a WildTracker excursion, Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students will explore and analyse the natural environment of Nielsen Park. We'll identify and group species and discuss the adaptations that help these species survive and thrive here.

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From the ringtail and brushtailed possum to the powerful owl, we'll examine some fascinating animal facts and adaptations. 

Students will learn about the role national parks play in protecting and supporting plants and animals, including the local red-crowned toadlet. We'll discuss how preventative burns form part of the long-term health of the park's ecosystem.

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

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Key learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

ST3-1WS-S. Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions

ST3-2DP-T. Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST3-4LW-S. Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things

Objectives

Students will:

  • Engage with the local environment of the national park, becoming aware of the plants and animals that live in this particular place
  • Investigate features of varied plants and animals and how their structural and behavioural features support their survival 
  • Learn about the role played by NSW national parks staff in supporting the native species to thrive in their environment 

Excursion details

When

Weekdays during school terms.

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Nielsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park
Duration
3hrs
Grading
Easy. Guided tour and activities along an unsealed walking path including a board walk, grassed area and stairs.
Price

$16 per student. Minimum 20 students. GST included.

Accessibility
Medium
Meeting point
Entrance to Nielsen Park, off Greycliffe Avenue
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-science-and-technology-living-world-wildtracker-nielsen-park/local-alerts

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Park info

  • in Sydney Harbour National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Sydney Harbour National Park is open sunrise to sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    Bradleys Head carpark: $8 per vehicle per day. North Head carpark: $5 per vehicle per day. There are pay and display machines that accept cards and coins - no change given. Chowder Bay Road parking: Monday-Friday: $3 per hour, to a maximum of $16 per day. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: $4 per hour, to a maximum of $20 per day. If you hold an NPWS All Parks or Multi Parks Pass, you can park free for up to four hours per day - additional time can be purchased. Car parks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

    Other fees:

    Landing fee or tour fee applies to visit Sydney Harbour islands. To visit Shark, Clark or Rodd islands all vessels, including kayaks, need to pay a $7 per person landing fee. To arrange, please contact 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS). Annual NSW Parks Passes not valid for landing fees.

    Buy annual pass (//pass.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/).
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Living world WildTracker: Nielsen Park.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Introduction to the site and overview of what the excursion will entail
  • Walk to the lawns of Greycliffe House, morning tea, toilet break 
  • Identify the living environments of various animals and how they survive here 
  • Investigate the structural features of some Australian native plants 
  • Bug hunting exercise using scientific methods for bug identification   
  • Lunch
  • Hermitage foreshore walk along the headland with views to the city. 
  • Discuss Sydney Harbour as a diverse habitat for many marine mammals. The Hermitage foreshore offers a great class photo opportunity!
  • Farewell and depart on bus 

Getting there and parking

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    Bradleys Head is located between Athol and Taylors Bay. Travelling by bus, drive along Military Road, Mosman and then continue to Bradleys Head Road to the parking area near Athol Hall.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Bradleys Head and at nearby Athol Hall. There is also parking at the Rifle Wall.

    What to bring

    It’s a good idea to wear long pants, 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, water, first aid kit and any necessary medications.

    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

    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 - medium

    Alternative access is needed to some areas.

    Neilsen Park, Sydney Harbour National Park. Photo: David Finnegan