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Factors that Shape Places with Ranger Jamie (Years 5-6) – Schools

Gear up for a fun-filled day in the Royal National Park. This excursion explores the differences between two environments/places – 1. Coastal Environment and 2. Rainforest Environment.

Throughout the day we explore and investigate the features and characteristics of both places. We focus on the importance these places have to humans, human influences, management practices (modern day and Aboriginal management such as bush fires) etc.

We record the temperature, humidity and identify what this means for the environment. The entire day is SUPER fun, engaging and energetic.

Starting at Garie Beach in the Royal National Park, we explore the coastal environment. We use an array of taxidermy animals to learn about their adaptations to their environments and even go down to the beach to explore the coastal environment.

We then all hop back on the bus and drive 5 mins to the start of the Bola Creek, Royal National Park, track. After a 15 minute bushwalk down into Bola Creek Rainforest, we spend the remainder of the day completing activities here.

Highlights & Inclusions


  • The day kicks off at Garie Beach with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation. Using an array of taxidermy animals, students learn about their adaptations to their environments.
  • Students then have the opportunity to go down to the beach.
  • Students will then travel by bus (5 min journey) to Bola Creek.
  • Students are divided into their groups of approximately 30 students and are allocated a Ranger guide for each activity.
  • Students participate in Rainforest Explorer Walk.
  • Students participate in Mini-Beach Bug Catching.
  • Students participate in Dip-Net Fishing.
  • Full Day Excursion (4 Hours) 10am – 2pm
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Curriculum & Syllabuses (Years 5-6)

Syllabus Outcomes Addressed:

  • GE3-1 describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments
  • GE3-2 explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments
  • GE3-3 compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments
  • GE3-4 acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

Syllabus Content Focus:
Factors that change environments


  • investigate the ways people change the natural environment in Australia and another country, for example: (ACHGK026, ACHGK027)
  • examination of how people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, have influenced each country’s environmental characteristics eg land clearing

Environments shape places


  • investigate how the natural environment influences people and places, for example: (ACHGK028)
  • discussion of how climate influences the distribution of where people live
  • comparison of how landforms influence where and how people live in Australia and another country

Humans shape places


  • investigate how people influence places, for example:(ACHGK029)
  • description of who organises and manages places eg local and state governments
  • identification of ways people influence places and contribute to sustainability eg roads and services, building development applications, local sustainability initiatives
  • examination of a local planning issue; the different views about it and a possible action in response to it

Key inquiry questions:

  • How do people and environments influence one another?
  • How do people influence places and the management of spaces within them?

Facilitator Profile

At school, Jamie always had to study harder than the average student. He was a visual learner who struggled concentrating when learning from whiteboards and textbooks in the conventional classroom. Jamie found practical and hands-on experiences beyond the classroom environment more engaging and valuable for his learning style. This sparked his dream to create an educational tour company where students could excel in an outdoor environment, learning through quality, hands-on and engaging experiences in practical real-life settings.

Jamie studied a Bachelor of Environmental Science/Marine Biology at the University of Technology Sydney. Following graduation, he went on to work as a National Parks Ranger where he gained extensive knowledge and experience.

Jamie later realised that education was his calling, and began Ranger Jamie Tours in the hope that he could revolutionise the school excursion industry. His goal was to create and tailor school excursion programs to cater for all students. Jamie strived to recruit a dedicated and enthusiastic team who believed in delivering engaging, hands-on, quality experiences for all students. With a focus on environmental science, Australian flora and fauna, Australian history, ecosystems and sustainability, he hopes to inspire the next generation towards an environmentally aware and sustainable future.

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