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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Field of Mars Reserve, 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 $24 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $34 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700

Term 1 - Catholic school Weeks 3 to 7 cost = DoE cost - GST free, minimum charge $700

Risk assessment

Field of Mars Reserve risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


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Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track


Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

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

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. No siblings.
Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

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 four school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable for up to two classes



Classes A, B

9.45 - 10.20 Introduction, recess and toilets
10.20 - 11.30

Challenge course

11.30 - 11.45

Fruit break 

11.45 - 12.30

Bush walk

12.30 - 1.00

Shelter building

1.00 - 1.30 Lunch
1.30 - 2.00 Final challenge
2.00 - 2.15 Pack up and depart

Learning activities

Students will be involved in a range of outdoor, team building style challenges aimed at testing their problem solving, map reading, compass and leadership skills. 


Students wil be introduced to the key concepts of team challenge, map reading, scavenger hunt and the use of equipment and control cards.


Challenge course 

In small groups, students will use their maps and compasses to navigate to eight stations where they will solve riddles and collect a piece of equipment for later use. Each group will also collect clues to reveal the native animal their team will represent. 


Students will go on a guided bushwalk to observe animal habitats and learn about their native animal. Whilst in the bush students will develop a team brand and represent it using charcoal and facepaint. Upon their return students will present their team brand and information about their animal.

Shelter construction 

Students use the information and equipment from the challenge course to build a shelter to protect their team from an imminent 'rain storm'. After the 'storm' passes students can use their  shelter as a lunch spot.


Students will reflect on the activities and skills they have developed. 

Syllabus outcomes and content

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


A student:

  • selects and uses interpersonal skills to interact respectfully with others to promote inclusion and build connections PD3-10 



  • participate positively in groups and teams by encouraging others and negotiating roles and responsibilities 

Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following:

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.  

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