School excursion

Landscapes and landforms at Minnamurra Rainforest

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Budderoo National Park

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Overview

Join us at beautiful Minnamurra Rainforest for this Stage 4 (Years 7-8) geography excursion. Students will observe and record the diversity of landscapes and landforms, and participate in fieldwork data collection.

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This Stage 4 excursion in Budderoo National Park will help students understand how Minnamurra Rainforest functions. Students will explore the various features of this natural landscape and examine the processes that create these landscapes and landforms.

Students will discuss the management and protection of the rainforest and the role of NSW National Parks in its sustainable management.

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

Stage Stage 4 (Years 7-8)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE4-1. Locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

GE4-2. Describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

GE4-4. Examines perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

GE4-5. Discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability

GE4-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry

GE4-8. Communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies

Objectives

Students will:

  • Take a guided walk through the rainforest
  • Draw a field sketch
  • Collect and record geographical data from the rainforest using a variety of techniques
  • Identify the landscapes and landforms in and around Minnamurra Rainforest
  • Explain the interaction between the physical and human elements of the rainforest
  • Understand why and how rainforest issues are managed
  • Recognise the responsibility of the government in managing the rainforest

Key inquiry questions:

  • What landforms and landscapes are found at Minnamurra Rainforest?
  • What environmental and human processes form and transform landscapes and landforms at Minnamurra Rainforest?
  • Why do people value the landscapes of Minnamurra Rainforest?

Excursion details

When

Weekdays during school term.

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Budderoo National Park
Duration
2hrs 30min
Grading
Easy. Classroom presentation and guided walk through the rainforest.
Price

Minimum $350 per group for up to 25 students, $14 per student (includes GST).

Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
Equipment
provided
Yes. Worksheet masters, pre and post-activity resources, and additional references will be provided on booking.
Booking
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.
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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-4-geography-landscapes-landforms-minnamurra-rainforest/local-alerts

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Landscapes and landforms at Minnamurra Rainforest.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
  • Morning tea and toilet break
  • Classroom presentation
  • Group discussion and question time
  • Measure and compare abiotic factors of the rainforest
  • Assess current management strategies
  • Guided interpretive walk through rainforest
  • Optional self-guided walk to waterfall (teacher to lead)
  • Lunch
  • Farewell and depart on bus

Getting there and parking

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located in the foothills of Jamberoo Valley, west of Kiama on the NSW South Coast. To get there from Jamberoo, drive west on Jamberoo Road and turn left onto Jamberoo Mountain Road. Take the first right onto Minnamurra Falls Road, and you’ll find Minnamurra Rainforest Centre about 3km along to the end of the road.

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Car and bus parking is available at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, including designated disabled spots.

Note that coach bookings are essential prior to arrival.

What to bring

Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

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 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

Not wheelchair-accessible.