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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde

Wallumedegal Country

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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, non-gov minimum charge $600

Risk assessment Risk management plan 

COVID-19 safety plan
Tracks View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track
Welfare Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.
Bring Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.
View Preparing for an excursion
Bin access All student waste to be taken home by students.
Parent/carer helpers

Not required. If parents attend please ensure they wear closed shoes.

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

This suggested timetable supports up to four classes. Exact times may vary.



9.45 - 10.00 Recess and toilets
10.00 - 10:15 Introduction
10:15 - 10:45 Skills sessions and equipment handout
10:45 - 12.00 Challenge course
12:00 - 12:25 Lunch and toilets
12:25 - 12:55 Bushwalk
12:55 - 2:00 Predator-prey game
2:00 - 2:15 Pack up and depart

Learning activities

Team challenge course

Working as a team, students will undertake a range of outdoor challenges aimed at team building, testing problem solving, map reading and leadership skills. 

Bushwalk and game

Following a short bushwalk, the day will culminate in a large outdoor game in which students take on roles and test their ability to survive in a predator-prey scenario.


Syllabus outcomes and content

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-10 syllabus (2018)


A student:

  • demonstrates a range of interpersonal skills that build and enhance relationships and promote inclusion in various situations PD2-10 



  • explore how overcoming a challenge or adversity can unite a group of diverse people

  • make positive contributions to group activities, for example

    • work in a group to achieve a set task or goal

Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following outcomes and content.

Mathematics K-6 Syllabus (2012)


A student:

  • uses simple maps and grids to represent position and follow routes, including using compass directions MA2-17MG 



  • create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways

Learning across the curriculum

Critical and creative thinking

Students are provided with opportunities to think critically about the qualities and attributes that build resilience and enhance and maintain caring and respectful relationships. 

Personal and social capability 

Through opportunities to work collaboratively, students develop their personal and social skills and an appreciation for the different insights and perspectives of their peers and community.  

Mathematics K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2018