National Parks Discovery Program is an ideal program for students from primary to secondary school.
Discovery Programs are delivered by professional, trained and qualified National Parks and Wildlife Service staff who have developed specialist skills in cultural and environmental education.
The Discovery Programs are designed to ensure curriculum outcomes are achieved but at the same time deliver hands-on activities. This ensures an enjoyable, fun and quality learning experience for students.
The program offers a large range of subject topics including the environment, Aboriginal culture and the pioneering history of the NSW High Country.
If the programs listed do not meet your requirements, we are more than happy to develop a specific program tailored to meet your educational and curriculum needs.
The main aim of Discovery Programs is to ensure all Australians and any visitors to our shores will have an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation for the Australian environment, our Aboriginal cultural and pioneering heritage
Music was an important part of Aboriginal culture, helping pass on stories to teach the younger generation. Find out why they can be played only by men through a Dreamtime story. Learn the technique of circular breathing. Learn how clap sticks are made and how to keep a beat with a pair of clapsticks while playing along with the Yidaki.
Australian bush tucker is becoming widely known for its culinary and medicinal qualities. Our bush tucker programs take participants on a journey of traditional cultural discovery as they learn the secrets of the bush through sight, touch and smell. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the bush as we stroll through searching for the treats it offers. Discover how the Wiradjuri people lived in this harsh landscape. Learn how the land was traditionally used and looked after. Taste local bush food and learn how these were hunted and gathered. You will be amazed at what the bush offers!
Have a go at making your own bush tools or simply just sit, watch, listen and learn how Aboriginal people made their tools to be able to live in the environment. Make a piece of rope from tree fibres or make your own traditional stone axe. See how many uses one tool had. See how one easily made tool can be used for many different purposes. This tour will get your imagination racing and ideas flowing on what the landscape really offers. One hour to half day options available, suitable for older groups.
See how a boomerang is thrown, have a go at catching a returning boomerang and then paint it and take it home. Learn how they were used for hunting small and large animals. The boomerang was also used in music and dance, tapped together just like clap sticks to keep a beat with the didgeridoo. Try your luck with throwing a spear, unlike the boomerang the spear won’t come back!! See how a spear is made and thrown from a woomera. Spear throwers (woomeras) were often used with spears to increase the distance they could be thrown.
See the preparation that goes into making these baskets and the different raw and everyday material that can be used.
Have the joy of making something totally natural using locally sourced grasses and reeds. You will learn the traditional indigenous weaving techniques to make a round and/or long basket. Have a go at adding your own bit of flair to your basket, by including other material found in the bush such as feathers, seeds or even leaves and flowers.