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Factors that shape places incursion program

Teacher checklist


Location near your school


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

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


Participants may be bushwalking all day in rugged terrain.

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


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

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.


Preparing for an excursion

Supporting resources

Student activities

Eucalypt Forest Digital Book for iPads and Macs

Fact sheets

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. 

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

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



9.15 - 9.45

Introduction at school or local area

9.45 - 10.15 Recess
10.15 - 12.30 Activity 1
12.30 - 1.00


1.00 - 2.00 Activity 2
2.00 - 2.15

Concluding activity 

2.15 - 2.45 Pack up and return to school


Learning activities

Students undertake geographical inquiry in bushland to investigate its features, human influences and natural values.

Inquiry questions

  • What are the geographical features of the bushland?
  • What is the water quality of the creeks that flow through the bushland?
  • How is the local bushland managed for people, places and the environment?
  • What actions can be undertaken to sustainably manage the bushland into the future?


This excursion will explore the bushland local to your school and the creeks that flow through it. Students will also examine the surrounding urban areas and determine the effects they have on the reserve. 

To start, students will discuss the area, the day’s inquiry and the geographical fieldwork tools and methods to be used throughout the walk. Throughout the day students will collect primary data by conducting chemical and physical water quality testing, vegetation surveys and record geographical features using iPad photography.

Students will work in pairs to interpret their information. Connections between the bushland’s natural characteristics, human influences and management strategies will be analysed and ideas for future actions will be considered. 

Student photographs will be saved and sent to school via a Google Drive link.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015)


A student:

  • describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments GE3-1 
  • explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments GE3-2 
  • compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments GE3-3 
  • acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry GE3-4 


Environments shape places


  • investigate how the natural environment influences people and places

Humans shape places


  • Investigate how people influence places

Other syllabus links

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

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017)


A student:

  • examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things ST3-4LW-S 



  • describe how changing physical conditions in the environment affect the growth and survival of living things

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