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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Ranger for a day program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde

Wallumedegal Country

Google maps - Apple maps

Bus access

Supply bus driver with Field of Mars Reserve bus information

No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.


DoE $22 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $32 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan 

COVID-19 safety plan


View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track


Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.


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

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.


Preparing for an excursion

Supporting resources

Student activites

Bin access

All student waste to be taken home by students.

Parent/carer helpers

Optional one parent per class, no siblings. Closed shoes essential. 

Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Sick students or adults to stay at home.

Extreme or wet weather

Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 


Cancellations with less than three school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather, fire danger or COVID-19 restrictions.

Suggested timetable

The suggested timetable is suitable for up to four classses.


Classes A, B

Classes C, D

9.45 - 10.30


Recess and toilets


Recess and toilets

10.30 - 12.00


Habitat improvement 

Insect hotel

12.00 - 12.30



12.30 - 2.00

Habitat improvement

Insect hotel


2.00 - 2.15

Pack up and depart

Pack up and depart

Learning activities 

Students role play being a park ranger. They will use maps for checking on animal habitats and checking on the bush walking tracks. They will improve areas of the reserve by making an insect hotel and doing garden tasks such as planting.

Inquiry questions

  • Where do animals live in the Field of Mars Reserve?

  • What makes a place suitable for an animal to survive?

  • How can we improve an area to help living things thrive?



Dressed as rangers, students will explore the Field of Mars Reserve looking at animal habitats. Using a map, checklist and hands-on activities, students will explore what makes a habitat suitable and whether the rangers can help to improve the environment. Field of Mars EEC will provide child-sized high-vis ranger vests for this activity.

Habitat improvement

Students meet one of the animals that lives at the Field of Mars Reserve. Students investigate gardens outside the building to determine habitat suitability for a range of animals. To improve our local environment, students will plant, water and mulch. 

Build an insect hotel

Using an interactive game students will learn about the types of homes liked by some insects. Using materials and tools provided students will produce an insect hotel to take back to school, one per class. The insect hotel should be placed off the ground, hung on a wall or placed on a bench, near a garden bed to provide a home for insects.


Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017) 


A student:

  • describes observable features of living things and their environments ST1-4LW-S 
  • uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity ST1-2DP-T 


Working scientifically skills

Producing and implementing

  • effectively manage a variety of tools
  • manipulate a range of materials for a purpose
  • segment and sequence steps for making designed solutions

Living things live in different places


  • identify that living things live in different places that suit their needs
  • design and produce an environment that provides habitat for insects
  • recgonise that people use science and technology in their daily lives when caring for living things, including when caring for their environment and living things 

Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015) 


A student:

  • identifies ways in which people interact with and care for places GE1-2 
  • communicates geographical information and uses geographical tools for inquiry GE1-3


Features of places


  • investigate features of places and how they can be cared for

Learning across the curriculum


The protection of environments.

Civics and citizenship

Students develop a sense of local responsibility.

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

Additional resource - Habitat Digital book for iPads and Macs