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Activity teacher notes 4.1

Levels: LP, UP, S, SS
Focus curriculum areas: Health and well-being, Society and history
Key concepts: Healthy pursuits, natural systems, safety, survival


For students to spend time in the environment and to become aware of the diversity of life in Tasmania, through hands-on experiences. For students to appreciate the local landscape - the plants and animals - their food chains and interconnections. For students to understanding what is needed for humans to survive in the Tasmanian wilderness, to explore ways of keeping fit, healthy and maintaining our human connections with nature. 

What do I need to do when planning a trip?

More Information for planning your trip can be found here.

• Be sure to include the park emergency contact phone numbers on your Risk Management Planning Form. Contact the park you wish to visit for ranger on duty emergency numbers through the office locations and contacts page.

Before visiting any park 

A few weeks before arriving, call to find out if any rangers may be available to speak to your group.

School year: Throughout the year, ranger-led activities can sometimes be negotiated with Discovery Rangers or park staff. Let them know how the visit fits in with your teaching units and they may be able to suggest appropriate pre-visit activities, and give you an outline of some of the special places you can take your group when you arrive. The School Education Program has more information and booking enquiries for Discovery Rangers.
Summer holidays: Free guided activities are run by Discovery Rangers in most larger parks, from late December until early February. 

Fee exemption: Fill out the Park Entry Fees Exemption Application Form (PDF 72 KB). Forward the completed form to each of the parks you wish to visit for approval by the Senior Rangers a few weeks before your planned visit. Contact numbers for each park can be found here

Your class should be familiar with: 
  • Map of the area, showing the walking tracks and campsites
  • Common Tasmanian native animals and their identification 
  • Minimal Impact Bushwalking - Leave no trace bushwalking principles 
  • Safety and survival in the bush 

Useful references 

Mammals of Tasmania – A field Guide by Dave Watts

Tracks, Scats and other Traces by Barbara Triggs 

Field Guide to the Birds of Tasmania by Dave Watts 

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater 

Where to see Wildlife in Tasmania by Dave Watts and Cathie Plowman, 2008

Activity More suitable national parks
Day bushwalk All parks and many reserves
Overnight bushwalk -introduction Maria Island, Freycinet, Mt William, Cockle Creek, Narawntapu
Overnight bushwalk - moderate Tasman Peninsula, South Coast Track, Cradle Mt, Lake St Clair, Overland Track
Large group BBQs/games Narawntapu, Mt Field
Wetlands Tamar Island, Narawntapu, Moulting Lagoon
Aboriginal study Rocky Cape, coastal parks and reserves
Trappers and trackers Cradle Mt, Lake St Clair
Wildlife “Where to see Wildlife in Tasmania” by Dave Watts and Cathie Plowman, 2008

The Parks and Wildlife Service Fact Sheet Series

All Fact Sheets are available as PDFs. Information can be found on a wide range of subjects including the unique values of our parks and reserves, walks, plants, wildlife, threats, caring for nature and geodiversity. They are an invaluable guide for intending visitors to our parks and reserves, for student projects, bushwalkers and many others persons seeking specific Tasmanian information.

General information for schools

For each of the following parks you will find: 

    Things you can do - ideas for teachers, no ranger available 
    Things you may be lucky to see - if you look really hard, you may just be lucky! 
    Ranger guided walks - a couple of locations have a ranger to accompany your group

I‘d like to visit...

Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair National Park 
Hastings Caves – cave tour fees apply 
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park 
Maria Island National Park 
Mole Creek Karst National Park - cave tour fees apply 
Mt Field National Park 
Narawntapu National Park 
Tamar Wetlands Centre– entry by donation 

See also our general information about other parks and reserves.