Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Science and Technology, Thredbo-Perisher area in Kosciuszko National Park
Primary students learn to think like an environmental scientist in this Stage 3 Science and Technology excursion. They'll investigate living things and their habitats in Kosciuszko National Park, and then plan and do their own simple scientific investigation.
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Students will explore the importance of the Scientific Method and will come to understand the difference between knowledge and opinion. They’ll also be introduced to the key elements of scientific enquiry including:
- Questioning and forming the hypothesis
- Making a prediction based on impartial observation
- Planning a random and repeatable investigation
- Analysing the data and communicating the results.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
|Learning area||Science and Technology|
ST3-1WS-S. Plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions
ST3-4LW-S. Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things
Booking by arrangement, September to May (not during winter).
$375 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. Conditions apply for groups over 30.
- Meeting point
- Kosciuszko Education Centre
- 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-science-technology-environmental-scientist-kosciuszko-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Kosciuszko Education Centre
- 02 6451 3700
- in the Thredbo-Perisher area of Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains region
- The Thredbo-Perisher area is open all year, but some roads and trails may close due to weather conditions or park management issues. Kosciuszko Road is closed between Perisher and Charlotte Pass in winter (June to October long weekends).
Park entry fees apply on Alpine Way and Kosciuszko Road
Winter (June to October long weekends): $29 per vehicle per day (24hrs from purchase); motorcycles $12; bus passengers $11.45 per adult, $3.60 per child per day. Find out more about the winter entry surcharge.
Rest of Year: $17 per vehicle per day (24hrs); motorcycles $7; bus passengers $6.60 per adult, $2.20 per child per day.
Passes: Day passes, multi-day passes and annual All Parks Pass available from NPWS visitor centres, local agents and operating vehicle entry stations. Single and Multi-Day passes are also available via the Park'nPay app. Short Breaks Pass: $68 for 5 days park entry at price of 4 days (not valid winter).
Eligible pensioners can apply for a complementary NPWS concession pass, to get free park entry. Download the exemption form (154KB doc). Read our Annual Pass FAQs for information.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Environmental scientist.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
- Test 1 Habitat survey: Students record the living and non-living features of a natural site and a site changed for human use. They’ll learn how to demonstrate the repeatability of a good investigation.
- Test 2 Canopy cover: After predicting their results, students measure the canopy cover of the forest. This helps them discuss how the structure of a forest can change the habitat and food available for animals.
- Test 3 Bug hunt: Highlights ways to categorise living things and communicate results.
- Test 4 Leaf damage investigation: Students help develop a test to answer a question about the forest.
- Bush walk and Scientific Method reflection
- Wrap up and depart
Getting there and parking
Kosciuszko Education Centre is in the alpine area of Kosciuszko National Park, close to Perisher. To get there from Jindabyne:
- Drive along Kosciuszko Road from Jindabyne towards Perisher Valley
- The education centre is around 12km from Jindabyne
All 2WD vehicles need to carry snow chains in winter, between June and October long weekends, on:
- Kosciuszko Road (to Perisher)
- Guthega Road
- Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin
Snow chains are recommended for all vehicles driving in the park, including 4WD and AWD, in the event of extreme weather. Read our snow driving in Kosciuszko tips.
- Sealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- Snow chains required after snow
Car, bus and off-street parking is available.
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. And remember to bring food and any necessary medications.
It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag because we have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.
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
Assistance may be required to access this area.