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Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

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Exploring Local Places

Geograhy: The earth's environment

Science and technology: Living world



Many schools have parklands and areas of bush near their school which provide an amazing learning opportunity.

During the whole day program, your students will explore these areas and learn more about the historical and ecological importance of the local bushland areas.

The tracks and trails will be assessed by Gibberagong staff prior to the day for suitability of learning and risk.

Inquiry questions

What animals and plants are found in local bushland?

How do people use these areas?

What is the history, including Aboriginal history, of this area of bushland?

How can we protect this special local place?

Learning activities


Students will be introduced to the day’s activities, including acknowledging prior experience, a map of the track, learning intentions and safety precautions.

Local Bushland Exploration

The plan for the day depends on a number of factors, including length of walk, type of terrain and distance from the school. This will be negotiated with the school prior to the visit.

The Gibberagong staff are experts in adapting activities to the environment and learning needs of the students. After the prior assessment of the track, the Gibberagong teachers will design a program that will engage students in a variety of hands-on and interesting activities.

Sample Timetable

NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location, group size and weather

Time Classes A, B, C
9.30am Gibberagong staff arrive at school

Acknowledgement of Country

Overview of the day

10.15am Morning Tea
10.30am Commence walk
2.00pm Back to school
2.15pm Finish and pack up
2.30pm Gibberagong staff depart

Teacher Information

Download the program flyer


Your school


2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free

2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class. 

Risk Assessments

Developed prior to incursion



Please provide one learning space/classroom for all participating classes for the duration of the day. 

Please ensure the space has a smart board

What to bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

Adverse weather

On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.

Medical notifications

Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the incursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography K-10 Syllabus 


A student:

> examines features and characteristics of places and environments GE2-1

> describes the ways people, places and environments interact GE2-2

> acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry GE2-4


Significance of environments


  • investigate the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people, for example: (ACHGK021, ACHGK022, ACHGK024)

    - identification of types of natural vegetation e.g. forests, grasslands, deserts
    - explanation of the importance of natural vegetation to animals and the functioning of the environment e.g. provision of habitats, production of oxygen

    - discussion of the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources

Science and technology K-6 Syllabus 


A student:

> compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things ST2-4LW


Survival of living things


  • describe how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive, for example (ACSSU073)


Geography K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2015

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017