Sydney Olympic Park - School excursion programs - Photo by James Horan

Learning & Discovery

Learn and discover the unique wildlife and environments within Sydney Olympic Park, whether you’re a student, teacher or a family looking for new and fun discoveries. From curriculum-based school programs as virtual excursion, to virtual tours of the Park, mini park ranger sessions, wildlife snapshots and more that everyone can enjoy.

Games Legacy Tour

Relive the magic of Sydney 2000 with our Games Legacy tour. Here's a little sneak peek exploring the stories and moments that defined the games and our Park today

Discover the Badu Mangroves

Have you explored one of our favourite areas in the Park - the Badu Mangroves? Ever wanted to know more?  This unique wetland forms the largest contiguous stand of Mangroves (Protected Marine Vegetation) along the Parramatta River and features the vulnerable Coastal Saltmarsh (an Endangered Ecological Community). Our environment team are here to teach you all about it.

School Holiday Special!
Explore the Park with Ranger Tom

Ranger Tom is back for a special school holiday episode, exploring Sydney Olympic Park. Join him in the Badu Mangroves, as he takes a deeper look into the Wildlife and Food Web in the Parklands.

Mini Park Rangers: We Celebrate the Wangal

 Mini Park Rangers are invited to learn and celebrate the importance of NAIDOC week, usually celebrated in July each year and The Wangal, the traditional custodians of the land at Sydney Olympic Park. This year's NAIDOC week has been postponed due to COVID-19, but in this episode we celebrate that Australia’s land, Always was, Always will be, Aboriginal Land.

 

Habitats with Ranger Tom

Explore the hiddent habitats in Sydney Olympic Park with Ranger Tom this week. You never know what you could discover..

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Mini Park Rangers: Focus on Possums

Have you ever wondered about the noises you hear on your roof at night? Or
Perhaps you have seen a scurrying shadow on your fence? Chances are you have heard this animal leaping on to your roof from a tall tree, you may hear thuds, squeals or hisses. What do you think it it is? That's right, it is probably a possum!

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Birdlife with Ranger Tom

Join Ranger Tom as he takes a look at the birdlife here at Sydney Olympic PArk

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Mini Park Rangers: Park Ranger on Patrol

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a Park Ranger? In this weeks episode you are going to get a sneak peak of what we get up to at work!
As a Park Ranger we have a lot of different tasks to do! So why don’t you come along and be a Park Ranger for the day!

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Mini Park Rangers: Camouflage

In this weeks episode, we are learning about Camouflage. Camouflage is when a plant or animal blends in to its surroundings or its environment. Camouflage in nature is a great way to go undetected, and to keep an animal protected, particularly if you are an insect, frog, possum, turtle or bird. Lets learn more about Camouflage. Can you think of something that hides well using camouflage?

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Ranger Tom

 

Up Close with Ranger Tom

Join Ranger Tom as he gets up close with Beatrice his Golden Orb Weaver Spider. 

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Mini Park Rangers: My Favourite Places at Sydney Olympic Park

In this episode we are taking you to some of our Park Rangers favourite places at Sydney Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park is 640 hectares, there is a lot to discover, explore and love. Where is your favourite place to visit in the Park? Lets see where the Park Rangers take us today.

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Mini Park Rangers: Recycling

Let's talk reuse and recycling. Recycling and reusing products can become part of our everyday practice for us all. It is a great way to reduce our footprint on the environment and encourages our children to think about rubbish in a different way.

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Mini Park Rangers: Habitats

Explore the Parklands with this week's episode of Mini Park Rangers. Ranger Nicole and Ranger Joseph will take you to the waterbird refuge, where you can spot all kinds of wildlife

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boy peeking behind tree through magnifying glass backyard hunt

What's in Your Backyard?

Everyone’s backyard is different. Our backyard, at Sydney Olympic Park has many different species of birds, plants, trees, bugs and more! Try our fun backyard hunt to see what's hiding in your local area.

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Behind the Scenes with The Pasta House

Calling all pasta lovers! Our beloved Abattoir Blues have launched The Pasta House an authentic Italian experience for locals to enjoy from home. We go behind the scenes with them to explore their pasta making process.

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Mini Park Rangers: Spiders & Spiderwebs

In this weeks episode we are going to learn about spiders, spider webs and how to view them safely. Spiders are mostly safe, but should be left alone. They can be enjoyed and viewed from a distance. So the best thing we can do is enjoy them from a distance. Don't ever pick up, probe or play with a spider.

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Mini Park Rangers: Rainbows in Nature

In this weeks episode we are going to discover rainbows in nature. Nature is a fascinating place to explore, and whilst we can't visit our Parklands at the moment, it's a great opportunity to explore your own neighbourhoods. Different colours and shades can be found anywhere, whether you are looking at leaves, flowers, trees, rocks, or branches. Why not see what colours you can find to create your own rainbow from nature.
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Explore the Badu Mangroves with Ranger Tom

Calling all nature lovers and outdoor explorers! Discover the Badu Mangroves with Ranger Tom, one of our education officers in Sydney Olympic Park. In this video you'll learn more about the unique wetland and the Scientific techniques used to understand and take care of the ecosystem. 

Virtual Brickpit Tour

Virtually get out of the house with our guided tour of the Brickpit! Venture to the bottom of the Brickpit and learn about the history of this unique environment, which is home to the Parks famous resident, the Green and Golden Bell Frog.

Mini Park Rangers: Trees & Leaves

Today we are going to have a closer look at Leaves and Trees. All around Sydney Olympic Park and in our neighbourhoods are different trees, each with own type types of leaves, bark and friends. There are trees with smooth bark, and others with rough and flaky bark, the bark can be all shades of brown and red. Look at the leaves, are they long and thin, or large and rough. Each leaf has a purpose to the tree, and to the environment where the tree grows. Are you ready, let's go exploring.
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Virtual Tour: Brickpit Ring Walk

Take a quick lap around our Brickpit Ring Walk. Get a birds eye view of our brickpit, the walk is 550m long and 18m off the ground.

Stay tuned for our exclusive Virtual tour to the bottom of the Brickpit next week! 

Park Live education

Virtual Learning

We are offering the full suite of curriculum-based school programs as virtual lessons.

Excursions will be available from Kindergarten to Year 12 focused on Geography, Science, History and cross-curriculum priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History and Cultures and Sustainability. 

Schools can now choose from different Sydney Olympic Park Education packages to access resources best suited to each class or year’s needs.
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Mini Park Rangers: Let's go birdwatching

Our first Mini Park Rangers episode explores water birds and binoculars.Go birdwatching with Ranger Leanne, hear stories of water birds at Lake Belvedere with Ranger Judy, and make your own binoculars with Ranger Fiona!

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Sea Eagle Cam Live

Keep an eye on the Parks resident white bellied sea eagles with our live web cam. Our 24-hour access to the lives of nesting sea-eagles, allows us to investigate their habitat, behaviour and how we can help them survive long term.

Explore our Hidden Mangroves

From our backyard to yours, take a walk with us as we explore the beautiful Badu Mangroves precinct. This unique wetland forms the largest contiguous stand of Mangroves (Protected Marine Vegetation) along the Parramatta River and features the vulnerable Coastal Saltmarsh (an Endangered Ecological Community).

5. The Red-eared Slider Turtle’s head retracts straight back into the shell.

Cute little pet or dreaded invasive species?

Cute little pet or dreaded invasive species? The Red-eared Slider Turtle fits both bills.

Discover how the Red-eared Slider Turtle can now be found in freshwater urban wetlands across the world, where they have the ‘honour’ of being listed as one of the world’s worst invasive alien species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Mini Park Rangers: Easter Craft with Ranger Judy

We can’t have our Mini Rangers in the Park at the moment, so we’re bringing the activities to you!

Here’s Ranger Judy with a special Easter crafts session for your little ones. 
Download the full activity sheet and enjoy an Easter activity for the whole family. 

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The writing workshop

The Writing Workshop Goes Online

The Writing Workshop has gone online. Develop your child’s skills and enjoyment of writing, whilst having fun from the comfort of your own home!

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