School excursions

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Newsflash!

All of our excursion programs have now been aligned with outcomes from the Living World strand of the new NSW K-6 Science & Technology Syllabus (some excursions feature other strands as well).

Detailed program outlines for each Stage will be available for teachers soon. Please email kwg@kmc.nsw.gov.au for more information.

An excursion to the Wildflower Garden

At the Wildflower Garden we believe that sometimes the best classroom can be no classroom at all!

Your day in the bush will feature investigation and experiential learning through fun and engaging nature-based activities, led by our skilled and knowledgeable rangers.

Full-day excursions include a bushwalk, discovery session, and an investigation session aligned with your program topic. There will be breaks in the program for recess (tea and coffee are available for accompanying staff) and for lunch in our bush playground.

Half-day excursions can be arranged if required. They include a bushwalk and a discovery session, with a break for morning tea.

Bushwalk

We’ll venture into our Sydney sandstone bushland to explore different habitats, landforms and ecosystems, with the opportunity to encounter local native plants and animals along the way.

Discovery session

Students will experience a close encounter with our captive animals and other specimens, in a unique hands-on learning situation.

Investigation

Depending on your program topic, this might include a bug hunt, dipnetting in our pond, a visit to our organic garden, making frog ponds, or specific activities relating to your learning outcomes.

Cost

$12.50 half day per child (10am – 12:30pm)

$15.50 full day per child  (10am – 2pm)

These fees are based on a minimum class size of 20 students. There is no charge for accompanying adults.

What about adverse weather?

In the case of adverse weather such as rain or extreme heat you can choose to postpone, cancel, or continue your excursion with a partially-indoor program. We have a variety of covered venues and can work around the weather. Under unsafe weather conditions such as extreme fire danger or high winds, the Wildflower Garden will contact you to rearrange.

Risk assessment

To help teachers in planning risk management for their excursion to the Wildflower Garden we have provided Venue and Safety Information (pdf. 103KB)

You are also welcome to arrange a guided tour of the site for the purposes of risk assessment.

Bookings and further information

Contact the Wildflower Garden office on 9424 0353 or email kwg@kmc.nsw.gov.au.

Choose your excursion from the following

We are also happy to create a bespoke excursion program tailored to your requirements. This could include cross-curricular outcomes such as literacy, visual arts or mathematics. Please speak to the office to discuss details.

Early Stage 1

Living Things

Have you ever touched a turtle or made friends with a frog? Get to know the residents of our local bushland as we explore the diversity of living things. We’ll learn how to identify plants and animals using their external features, and have a go at hunting for minibeasts in their natural habitat. We’ll find out about the basic needs of our bushland creatures, what happens when they’re not being met, and how we can help out.

Outcomes: STe-1WS-S, STe-2DP-T, STe-3LW-ST

Seasons and Cycles

The unique flora and fauna of the Wildflower Garden are constantly changing due to seasons and cycles across the year. We’ll find out how creatures respond to daily and seasonal fluctuations that occur in our environment – wattles are flowering or in seed, vegetation is re-growing after fire, brush turkeys are building their mounds, lizards are basking in the morning sun. We’ll also learn how local indigenous people used signals from the environment to plan their activities each day and across the seasons.

Outcomes: STe-1WS-S, STe-6ES-S

Lester and Clyde

Based on James H. Reece’s classic story, Lester and Clyde, students will join a journey to discover the impacts of humans on the lives of frogs. We’ll visit wetland habitats and learn about the Wildflower Garden’s own endangered species of frog, the Red-crowned Toadlet. After a close encounter with some froggy friends, we’ll even have a go at making frog ponds to provide habitats for visiting frogs.

Outcomes: ENe-1A, ENe-4A, ENe-6B, STe-1WS-S, STe-2DP-T, STe-3LW-ST

Please note: Our past excursion topics for Early Stage 1, Growing Up and Places We Know, are still available.

Stage 1

What’s Alive?

The Wildflower Garden is the ideal place to investigate the diversity of our local animals and plants! Students will experience a close encounter some of their wildlife neighbours, and identify the features that make reptiles, insects, fish, birds and mammals unique. We’ll find out how animals grow, change and have offspring. Out in the bush, we’ll identify how living things live in places that suit their needs, and take part in a hands-on habitat activity to design and construct an environment suitable for bluetongue lizards.

Outcomes: ST1-1WS-S, ST1-2DP-T , ST1-4LW-S, ST1-5LW-T

My Sustainable Life

Come and investigate the Earth’s resources and how all living things use and take care of them. Koalas eat gumleaves, but what do the gumtrees eat? Students will meet some animals and plants and find out just what they need to survive, and explore bushland habitats to compare the needs of the natural environment with our own needs. We’ll learn about bush foods and remedies used by indigenous peoples. In a visit to our organic veggie garden, we’ll see demonstrations of sustainable practices and consider ways we can use resources responsibly in our own lives.

Outcomes: ST1-1WS-S, ST1-2DP-T, ST1-4LW-S, ST1-5LW-T, ST1-10ES-S

Watch It Grow (Primary Connections)

All living things have their own life story. We’ll be getting to know the lives of some Australian animals and plants through hands-on investigation. By exploring both aquatic and terrestrial environments, students will build an understanding of how the different elements of an ecosystem rely on each other to survive. This will help us to protect and preserve endangered species, to manage and control unwanted species, and understand how people’s interactions with the environment can change it, in both positive and negative ways.

Outcomes: ST1-1WS-S, ST1-2DP-T, ST1-4LW-S, ST1-5LW-T

Please note: Our past excursion topics for Stage 1, The Need for Shelter, Wet and Dry Environments, and What’s for Lunch, are still available.

Stage 2

Cycles in Our World

Investigate the life cycles of plants and animals with our experienced rangers as we explore the natural cyclic patterns occurring in the Wildflower Garden. We’ll go dipnetting for tadpoles and nymphs in our pond, and find out how they will change as they develop. We’ll discover a tiny creature whose life cycle occurs in the trunk of a tree! And we’ll untangle the Web of Life, learning how all creatures in our bushland are dependent on one another for survival.

Outcomes: ST2-1WS-S, ST2-2DP-T, ST2-4LW-S

Friends or Foes (Primary Connections)

Students will explore the special relationship between plants and animals and discover their pivotal role in the world’s ecosystems with hands-on exploration-based activities with our rangers. The Wildflower Garden is just the place to meet a colony of native bees, and find out which animals are helping to disperse seeds! Students will build an understanding of the balance of organisms in an ecosystem, how organisms rely on each other to survive, and how people’s interactions with their environment can make a difference. 

Outcomes: ST2-1WS-S, ST2-2DP-T, ST2-4LW-S

Feathers, Fur and Leaves (Primary Connections)

The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is an urban bushland environment home to unique flora, fauna and geographical features. Our rangers will lead you into the bush to learn about and record the characteristics of the animals and plants that occur here. We’ll go on a Bug Hunt to search for minibeasts in their natural habitats, and group like specimens using their observable features. We’ll encounter reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates, and classify them just like scientists do, to make sense of what we see.

Outcomes: ST2-1WS-S, ST2-2DP-T, ST2-4LW-S

Plants in Action (Primary Connections)

They’re green, leafy, and we couldn’t live without them… they’re plants! Join us as we get to know them inside and out. We’ll investigate the life cycles of plants with a role-play about seeds and a look at the development of flowers and fruits. We’ll visit a native beehive to help understand pollination. And out in the bush, we’ll find out how growing conditions change across the landscape, and how they affect the plants that live there.

Outcomes: ST2-1WS-S, ST2-2DP-T, ST2-4LW-S

Among The Gum Trees (Primary Connections)

Eucalyptus trees are the cultural and ecological mainstays of Australia! Creatures in the bush depend on them for food and shelter. We’ll be learning about the life cycles of gum trees, the importance of pollination, and the conditions their seeds need to germinate. We’ll find out how they survive drought and bushfire, and make a special visit to our Tree of Life: a scribbly gum that is home to all kinds of other plants and animals too.
Outcomes: ST2-1WS-S, ST2-2DP-T, ST2-4LW-S

Please note: Our past excursion topics for Stage 2, Mini-worlds, Our Australia and State & National Parks, are still available.

Stage 3

Adapted for Survival

Do you know what sclerophyll is? It may be hard to pronounce, but it's a feature common to many Australian plants, and it helps them grow and survive in really tough conditions! We’ll visit environments such as wetlands and sandstone heath that present difficult physical challenges for their inhabitants. We’ll take measurements to test hypotheses about how plants have adapted to different conditions. And in a close encounter of the prickly kind, we’ll learn about the structural and behavioural features of animals that help them find food, defend themselves against predators, and take shelter from the weather.

Outcomes: ST3-1WS-S, ST3-2DP-T, ST3-4LW-S

Please note: Our past excursion topics for Stage 3, An Ancient Land, Environment Matters, and Global Environments: Upland Swamp, are still available.