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Ecosystems at risk: Minnamurra Rainforest

Stage 6 (Years 11-12), Geography, Budderoo National Park


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Ecosystems at risk is a school excursion at Minnamurra Rainforest for Stage 6 (Years 11-12) students that focuses on geography as a learning area. This excursion is designed to complement a case study of a particular ecosystem at risk.

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Students will undertake fieldwork that includes an examination of the natural and human impacts at this location and the management of this environment.

They’ll collect information on the biophysical environment by completing data collection and measurements. Students will examine the management strategies in place and propose potential ways to manage issues.

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Stage Stage 6 (Years 11-12)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

H1. Explains the changing nature, spatial patterns and interaction of ecosystems, urban places and economic activity.

H2. Explains the factors which place ecosystems at risk and the reasons for their protection.

H5. Evaluates environmental management strategies in terms of ecological sustainability.

H6. Evaluates the impacts of, and responses of people to, environmental change.

H7. Justifies geographical methods applicable and useful in the workplace and relevant to a changing world.

H9. Evaluates geographical information and sources for usefulness, validity and reliability.

H10. Applies maps, graphs and statistics, photographs and fieldwork to analyse and integrate data in geographical contexts.

H12. Explains geographical patterns, processes and future trends through appropriate case studies and illustrative examples.


Students will:

  • Identify the key features of the rainforest as an ecosystem at risk
  • Explore the geographical processes that form and transform the rainforest
  • Gain an understanding of how vulnerable this ecosystem is to natural stress and to external and internal human impacts
  • Explain the factors that place this ecosystem at risk
  • Identify current management strategies and explain how these contribute to ecological sustainability
  • Examine the importance of ecosystem management and protection. This includes maintaining genetic diversity, utility values, intrinsic values, heritage values and the need to allow natural change to proceed.

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request. Different length programs are available upon consultation.
2-5 hr
Easy. Fieldwork will take place along a river beside the rainforest path.
Minimum $550 per group for up to 25 students, $22 per student (includes GST).
No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
Yes. Worksheet masters, pre and post-activity resources, and additional references will be provided on booking.
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Park info

  • in Budderoo National Park in the South Coast and Country NSW regions
  • Budderoo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger. The park gates at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre open at 9am and close at 5pm every day.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day only in the Minnamurra Rainforest area. Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult and $2.20 per child.

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