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Activity teacher notes 1.1

1.1 What recreational activities can you do in parks?

Levels: LP, P, S
Focus curriculum areas: Health and well-being
Supporting curriculum area: English/literacy, mathematics/numeracy
Key concepts: Public land, collating data, leisure choices

Understanding goals

Students explore the importance of public land, including national parks, to society and to themselves. Students identify what outdoor leisure activities they enjoy and where they undertake them. Students identify how their leisure choices contribute to their well being. Students collate information about outdoor leisure popularity, make connections and comparisons and draw conclusions.

  • Riding at Narawntapu NP

  • walking at Lake St Clair NP

  • kayaking at Lake St Clair NP

  • snorkeling at Rocky Cape NP

You will need

Pre-activity discussion

Who has visited a council park or reserve, a bush or beach setting or national park? What did you see?


1. Think/pair share to answer the question: What activities can you do in a town park, national park or at a beach? (e.g. walking, picnic, birthday party, games, swimming, skiing, fishing, photography, BBQ, camping)

  1. List as many possible activities as you can.
  2. Identify 2 or 3 of your favourite outdoor recreational activities.
  3. Compile a class graph of the results of favourite outdoor activities. Try making a pictograph.
  4. Analyse the class results and see what conclusions can be drawn.
    • Work out the percentages for each activity.
    • Which activities are the most popular?
    • Which are the least popular?
    • Which activities do the girls prefer to do, which do the boys prefer?
    • Which activity is the most unusual?
    • Which activity involves groups?
    • Which activities do you do on your own?
    • Which ones involve physical activity?
    • Which use specialist equipment?
  5. Identify the activities which you think have the highest potential to enhance people's fitness. Did any of your favourites rank highly?
  6. Make a space to display class observations /conclusions.

2. a) Design an invitation for your family (or a friend) to join you on your favourite outdoor activity. Include what the highlights will be for you; or

b) Write an article for the newspaper about your favourite outdoors activity. (You may like to interview an expert on that activity.) Display them outside your classroom; or

c) Design a radio advertisment for a community outdoor event.

How useful are town (council) parks and national parks?

3. Investigate what older people think about parks and beaches and natural places. Compile four questions and conduct interviews. Record their answers. Invite grandparents to visit the class to talk about (show photos of) what your area looked like when they were younger and how it has changed.

4. a) In groups, brainstorm questions for a class or school survey of opinions. Use questions like: How useful do you think parks are? How often do you visit parks? Why do you go to X? Do you think there are enough parks where you live? Should there be more parks? Conduct the survey with different groups, peers, older grades, younger grades, your sports team, grandparents or parents.

b) Choose a way to graph your results. Use column graphs, pie charts or percentile information for class discussion. Record any conclusions you have made as statements at the base of your graph.

c) Class discussion. Why do you think people like doing these activities? What are the benefits to a family? What are the benefits to society?

5. How do you spend your weekend? What are some healthy choices you can make to improve your well being?

Visit a park

6. Investigate the parks or reserves nearest to your school. Mark them on a map.

7. Visit a close park and interview the people who are there. Report why they have chosen to be there.

8. Discuss how you would feel if a large warehouse was to be built on your local park.

Going further

See Activity 2.1 Know Your Island

On a large map of Tasmania (such as that illustrated), cut out and place the park names shown on this [PDF 24KB] using blu-tack.

Use either the Tasmanian parks map [PDF 204KB] or online version at Activity 2.2 Find the National Parks of Tasmania to match the names of the national parks to their location. You may need an atlas to help you.

Using the web, research the Victorian campaign Healthy Parks, Healthy People at: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/1process_content.cfm?section=98&page=16

What are some of the impacts of human activities on parks?

Search newspapers and magazines for articles about controversial uses of public land.

Research a local, national or international group that has taken action to support sustainable use of land and protecting wildlife. List their key principles. Such groups might include: