Drawing on the content areas of places are similar and different and the earth's environment this program focuses on acquiring geographical information by observing and collecting data through fieldwork, using maps and spatial technologies. Students explore the climate, vegetation and animals of the Hunter Wetlands. They examine the importance of natural resources to the environment, animals and people and learn about the ways people value environments, including the Awabakal people.
Discovery activities including:
- Map, Compass and GPS skills walk
- Aboriginal bush tucker garden
- Wetland weather and water conditions. Aboriginal seasonal calendars
- Tank room and bird observing
For further information on curriculum links, program and excursion information see below or contact us.
Awabakal Environmental Education Centre- Wetlands Campus, 412 Sandgate Road, Shortland.
Syllabus outcomes and content
Stage 2 Geography outcomes
Places are similar and different:
- examines features and characteristics of places and environments GE2-1
- describes the ways people, places and environments interact GE2-2
- examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments GE2-3
- acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry GE2-4
Key inquiry questions
Places are similar and different:
- How and why are places similar and different?
- How do the people’s perceptions about places influence their views about the protection of places?
The earth’s environment:
- How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
- How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
- How can people use places and environments more sustainably?
The earth’s environment - the Australian continent, climate of places
Places are similar and different - significance of environments, perception and protection of places and environments
Learning across the curriculum
Civics and citizenship
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Drop off and collection Awabakal Environmental Education Centre (AEEC), Wetlands Campus located at Hunter Wetlands Centre, 412 Sandgate Rd, Shortland, Newcastle.
Please use School entry.
What to bring
Printed workbook, clipboard and pencil.
Students should bring lunch, recess, refillable water bottle, hats, sunscreen, covered walking shoes plus any special requirements of the group (Wet weather gear when necessary). Non-aerosol insect repellent is advisable in summer.
Introduction - 10:00 am
Morning tea - 10:20 am
Learning activities - 10:50am
Lunch - 12:00pm
Learning activties - 12:30pm
Students will have morning tea and lunch on the grounds of the AEEC. This timetable is only a guide and may be adjusted.
AEEC is a NSW Department of Education school and staff are trained DoE teachers specialising in Environmental Education.
AEEC teachers rely on the participation of visiting teachers to meet recommended supervision levels. Visiting teachers are ultimately responsible for behaviour of students, students with existing medical conditions or special needs.
Medical or special needs
Please notify Awabakal Environmental Education Centre of any medical conditions or special needs that may need to be taken into consideration when planning or delivering the program. Upon booking an excursion, a form will be emailed to complete to detail any medical or special needs.
Parent / carer helpers
As our staff are Department of Education teachers we don’t require parent helpers on the day. If your school decides to bring parents, we kindly ask that you keep the number to a minimum. For safety reasons and the nature of our sites, parents will not be able to participate in activities.
Extreme or wet weather
Extreme weather conditions such as heavy rainfall, high winds and extreme bush fire danger may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. If you have any concerns regarding the weather prior to the excursion, contact Awabakal Environmental Education Centre on 4955 8673 or email email@example.com.
Cancellations less than three school weeks notice may incur an administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.