Grand Canyon: Environmental change and management
Stage 5 (Years 9-10), Geography, Blackheath area in Blue Mountains National Park
The spectacular Grand Canyon forms the backdrop for this Stage 5 (Years 9-10) geography excursion in Blue Mountains National Park. This in-depth fieldwork excursion is designed to support the Environmental Change and Management K-10 syllabus
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Students will gain first-hand experience of the iconic Grand Canyon track on location in Blackheath. It's a renowned walk, and a key highlight of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park.
From Neates Glen we'll journey through lush rainforest ecosystems, open forest and along the canyon floor towards Evans lookout. Here, students will be rewarded with sweeping views of the impressive Grose Valley.
We'll learn about track heritage, local ecology and park management issues. Students will analyse influences, connections and management approaches to sustaining this important environment.
This 4.5 hour excursion will explore how environments function and the causes and consequences of environmental change. Students will come away with first-hand insight into sustainable management of our precious environment here in New South Wales.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 5 (Years 9-10)|
GE5-2. Explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments
GE5-4. Accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues
GE5-5. Assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability
GE5-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry
Monday to Friday during school term.
- Guided. Available on request.
- 4hrs 30min
- Hard. 5km walk through uneven terrain. There is a steep descent and ascent via steps. The track may be wet in places and you may be required to cross a creek at the base of the canyon. There are many stairs, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
$680 incl GST per group (up to 20 students).
- Meeting point
- Neates Glen carpark, 3km down Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath.
- Yes. We can provide a selection of worksheet questions for teachers to compile prior to the excursion for students.
- 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-5-geography-grand-canyon-environmental-change-management/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Blue Mountains
- 02 4784 7301 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
- in the Blackheath area of Blue Mountains National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
Blackheath area is always open 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 Grand Canyon: Environmental change and management.
- Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
- Walk the iconic Grand Canyon track
- Collect and record geographical data from the ecosystem using a variety of techniques
- Identify a range of geographical issues relating to the environment, including land and water management, biodiversity and tourism.
- Explain the interaction of the physical and human elements of the environment
- Break for self-packed lunch along the way
- Understand why and how environmental park issues are managed
- Recognise the government's responsibility to manage the national park
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
This excursion begins at Neates Glen carpark, 3km down Evans Lookout Road, Blackheath. It finishes at Evans lookout, a 1.3km drive from Neates Glen.
Coaches are required to park in the Grand Canyon loop carpark. Students will need to walk a further 20 minutes to the loop carpark from Evans lookout to return to their bus after the excursion concludes.
Parking is available at Grand Canyon carpark.
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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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 - hard
There is a wheelchair accessible carpark, picnic area, interpretive signage and public toilets at Evans lookout. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.