Environmental Centres - The Department has 25 Zoo and Environmental Education Centres located around NSW. They provide various programs to visiting school groups depending on the unique features of their location. Programs offered are linked to NSW syllabus documents and stage groups. Pre- and -post excursion support materials are provided. The teachers from the Centres can also work in schools to support school-based environment programs.

Environmental Centres - The Department has 25 Zoo and Environmental Education Centres located around NSW. They provide various programs to visiting school groups depending on the unique features of their location. Programs offered are linked to NSW syllabus documents and stage groups. Pre- and -post excursion support materials are provided. The teachers from the Centres can also work in schools to support school-based environment programs.

Stage 2 First Contacts- Awabakal People and Places - Students walk through Awabakal Nature Reserve looking at the practices and traditions of the Awabakal people, particularly food, water, shelter and plants the Awabakal people used. Activities include: ochre painting, gunyah building and a dreamtime storytelling. Students participate in a classroom activity where students look at examples of tools, utensils and weapons used by Aboriginal people.

Stage 2 First Contacts- Awabakal People and Places - Students walk through Awabakal Nature Reserve looking at the practices and traditions of the Awabakal people, particularly food, water, shelter and plants the Awabakal people used. Activities include: ochre painting, gunyah building and a dreamtime storytelling. Students participate in a classroom activity where students look at examples of tools, utensils and weapons used by Aboriginal people.

Stage 2 The Past in the Present- Local Places/ Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow - Students walk through Awabakal Nature Reserve focusing on the change in this area over time including the Aboriginal history and the influence of European settlement including coal and sand mining. Students will learn about practices and traditions of the Awabakal people, particularly food, water, shelter and plants the Awabakal people used. Students look for evidence of the past, discuss why the ...

Stage 2 The Past in the Present- Local Places/ Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow - Students walk through Awabakal Nature Reserve focusing on the change in this area over time including the Aboriginal history and the influence of European settlement including coal and sand mining. Students will learn about practices and traditions of the Awabakal people, particularly food, water, shelter and plants the Awabakal people used. Students look for evidence of the past, discuss why the ...

Stage 3 Living World- Coastal Studies - Merewether Beach - Students explore the rock platform and beach environment, participating in activities looking at the physical conditions of these environments and adaptations that help living things survive in these conditions. Students conduct an investigation of the beach environment making predictions and draw conclusions. Students also learn about actions they can take in creating a sustainable future in this environment.

Stage 3 Living World- Coastal Studies - Merewether Beach - Students explore the rock platform and beach environment, participating in activities looking at the physical conditions of these environments and adaptations that help living things survive in these conditions. Students conduct an investigation of the beach environment making predictions and draw conclusions. Students also learn about actions they can take in creating a sustainable future in this environment.

Stage 3 Living World- Rainforests - Glenrock State Conservation Area -Students participate in a walk through Glenrock State Conservation Area comparing rainforest and non rainforest environments, measuring abiotic features such as air temperature, wind speed and humidity. Students learn about human uses of the past and present (Aboriginal, coal mining and current uses) and complete an observation of human impacts on the area…

Stage 3 Living World- Rainforests - Glenrock State Conservation Area -Students participate in a walk through Glenrock State Conservation Area comparing rainforest and non rainforest environments, measuring abiotic features such as air temperature, wind speed and humidity. Students learn about human uses of the past and present (Aboriginal, coal mining and current uses) and complete an observation of human impacts on the area…

Stage 1 Living World- Wet & Dry Environments/ Minibeasts - Awabakal EEC and Nature Reserve - Students compare wet and dry environments of Awabakal Nature Reserve. Students discover animals that live in these environments and their adaptations through dip netting, a leaf litter animal survey and looking for evidence of insects in the environment. Students learn about Aboriginal use of wet and dry environments through looking at examples of plants, tools and weapons used in these environments.

Stage 1 Living World- Wet & Dry Environments/ Minibeasts - Awabakal EEC and Nature Reserve - Students compare wet and dry environments of Awabakal Nature Reserve. Students discover animals that live in these environments and their adaptations through dip netting, a leaf litter animal survey and looking for evidence of insects in the environment. Students learn about Aboriginal use of wet and dry environments through looking at examples of plants, tools and weapons used in these environments.

Stage 1 Living World- The Need for Shelter - Students explore the needs of people, other living things, and how built and natural environments can provide this during a walk through Awabakal Reserve. Students search for animal shelters and learn about animal adaptations to the environment, participate in activities using their senses to learn about natural and manmade materials, how different places in the environment provide the needs of living things and responsibility to the environment.

Stage 1 Living World- The Need for Shelter - Students explore the needs of people, other living things, and how built and natural environments can provide this during a walk through Awabakal Reserve. Students search for animal shelters and learn about animal adaptations to the environment, participate in activities using their senses to learn about natural and manmade materials, how different places in the environment provide the needs of living things and responsibility to the environment.

Stage 3 Living World- Rainforests - Glenrock State Conservation Area -Students participate in a walk through Glenrock State Conservation Area comparing rainforest and non rainforest environments, measuring abiotic features such as air temperature, wind speed and humidity. Students learn about human uses of the past and present (Aboriginal, coal mining and current uses) and complete an observation of human impacts on the area…

Stage 3 Living World- Rainforests - Glenrock State Conservation Area -Students participate in a walk through Glenrock State Conservation Area comparing rainforest and non rainforest environments, measuring abiotic features such as air temperature, wind speed and humidity. Students learn about human uses of the past and present (Aboriginal, coal mining and current uses) and complete an observation of human impacts on the area…

Stage 2 State & National Parks Awabakal Nature Reserve - Students will investigate Awabakal Nature Reserve which is managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. They will investigate the value of State and National Parks, the history of the area including Aboriginal and colonial history and issues in managing the reserve through hands on activities. Activities include: ochre painting, sketching, dreamtime story telling, dip netting and water testing.

Stage 2 State & National Parks Awabakal Nature Reserve - Students will investigate Awabakal Nature Reserve which is managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. They will investigate the value of State and National Parks, the history of the area including Aboriginal and colonial history and issues in managing the reserve through hands on activities. Activities include: ochre painting, sketching, dreamtime story telling, dip netting and water testing.

Early Stage 1 Natural Environments- Senses Awabakal EEC and Nature Reserve - Students use their senses to interact with the environment, learn about the needs of living things and that all living things are different. Students participate in environmental games, activities and a short walk.

Early Stage 1 Natural Environments- Senses Awabakal EEC and Nature Reserve - Students use their senses to interact with the environment, learn about the needs of living things and that all living things are different. Students participate in environmental games, activities and a short walk.


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