State and National Parks - HSIE - Stage 2

'State & National Parks' provides students with an opportunity to experience first hand the issues, values and attitudes associated with a State Park. The field experience in Bicentennial Park will enhance student’s geographic skill set of gathering information through direct observations, using appropriate investigative tools and build on the concept of the need for ecological sustainability. The students will observe primary evidence of human activities within and around the Park; they will be challenged to consider the impact of these activities on the environment now and in the future. Past history of the park and aboriginal use will be discussed and compared against current use of the park. Students will also look at management strategies and organisational bodies that oversee the park, and how maintenance is carried out on the site.

Syllabus outcomes


Describes places in the local area and other parts of Australia and explains their significance.

  • Names and locates natural, built and heritage features in their local area and evaluates their significance 
  • Give reasons why particular activities may be associated with particular natural, built and heritage features of the local area
  • Compares natural and built features, sites and places in their local area with those in other locations in Australia
  • Compares ways in which members of the community uses features of the local area
  • Recognises the importance of some Aboriginal land and water management practices
  • Uses geographical terminology to describe natural and built features in the community
  • Locates and maps cities, rivers and mountains in New South Wales and uses locational terminology such as north, south, east and west


Describes peoples interaction with environments and identifies responsible ways of interacting with environments.

  • Identifies organisations that are concerned with the care of the features, places and the environment in the community
  • Examines some regulations, laws practices associated with the management and care of natural and built features and sites
  • Identifies reasons why organisations are involved with the care of the site. E.g. Stream watch, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Maritime Services, Department of Fisheries
  • Discusses the necessity of having these sites available to the community
  • Discusses alternatives and consequences of using the site, features and places in particular ways
  • Identifies why features and sites should be cared for 
  • Recognises that different people have different uses for the site, features e.g. Aboriginal relationship with land and water, current uses of the site Assessment


Student is able to 


  • Name and locate natural and built features within the environment
  • Identify some activities that may occur within the features and sites of the park E.g. recreation, sport, research, Education
  • Identify other places that the student has visited that may have similar features, site and places that they are viewing within Sydney Olympic Park
  • Discuss other ways that people across the world may use spaces and the importance of this within a community
  • Discuss how aborigines used this site and some practices that they might have used
  • Use geographic terminology such as North, South, East, West and identifies the Blue Mountains and the city sky line


  • Identify some organisations that involved with the upkeep of this site
  • Discuss some rules and laws that might apply within this site
  • Discuss some of the reasons why organisations are involved in the management/care of the site
  • Discuss why these sites are necessary for local communities
  • Discuss the alternatives and consequences of the past use of the site
  • Discuss why this site needs to be cared for

This excursion aims to fulfill assessment indicators from above linking to the 3 learning sequences of this unit, map and activity information can be found on the website under the Education Banner.