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The Earth’s Environment: Forest Features

Geography: The earth's environment
Science and technology: Living World


The Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is one of Australia's most spectacular and important areas of land.

During the walk from Kalkari to Bobbin Head, the students will explore three different forest types and use a range of geographical tools to investigate the animals, plants and the relationships between them.

Inquiry questions

What animals are found in the forests of this National Park

What types of forests are found here and what are their features?

How do these forests and animals interact?

How can we protect these plants and animals?

Learning Activities

Explore Kalkari

Kalkari Visitors Centre provides the students with an opportunity to learn about the features and Aboriginal history of this area of Sydney. Within the building, the students will be able to observe and record a range of preserved animals that are found in the forests.

Bush walk - Kalkari to Bobbin Head

Students will use a variety of fieldwork tools to gather and record observations  and enter these in a fieldwork journal that can be taken home or utilised back at school. These include sketching, mapping, scratch-art and an investigation of the invertebrates of the bush. During the walk, caring for the environment will be modelled through walking on paths and ensuring all rubbish is taken home.

Aboriginal connections will explored through the identification of bush resources and language during the walk with students able to learn about some traditional uses of plants from the area.

Bobbin Head Mangroves

The walk concludes with a visit to the mangrove ecosystem at Bobbin Head, home to a variety of different animals including fish, crabs and birds. During the exploration of the boardwalk area, the students will learn why this is such an important area and how they can protect areas like this when visiting.

Excursion Locations

This program is offered at the following locations. Click on an image to find out more.

Sample Timetable

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

Time Classes A, B, C, D
10.00am Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day
10.10am Morning Tea
10.30am Bush walk and fieldwork activities
1.2.30pm Lunch
1.00pm Bushwalk and fieldwork continues
1.30pm Bobbin Head mangroves
2.00pm Conclusion and depart

Teacher Information

Download the program flyer

Excursion locations Kalkari to Bobbin Head
Bus access map

Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation

Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.


2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free

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

NOTE:  National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition

Class numbers and size

Up to 4 classes 

Max. 30 students per class

Risk Assessments

Kalkari to Bobbin Head


Social Stories Kalkari to Bobbin Head
Supporting Resources
Student activities
What to bring

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

Students wear 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 excursion. 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