• Self-guided Walks

    Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park! Download our free Centennial Park walking apps - available for Apple and Android smartphones. More info and download links here.

  • Swamp Closures

    Lachlan Swamp will close on days above 36C to minimise disturbance to the Flying Foxes. There will be no access to visitors.

  • Centennial Park History Book

    Our great new book on the history of Centennial Park is now on sale, and can be ordered online. Great gift idea. More info.

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Centennial Parklands Primary Year school excursions offer students a hands-on experience in a unique outdoor classroom at Centennial Park.

Our hands-on school excursion programs are all about striking a balance between curriculum based learning and play based activities aiding students to develop confidence and appreciation of being in and around nature.

All our primary programs link to the new national curriculum and the NSW Board of Studies HSIE syllabus. Each session is a mixture of hand-on activity, games and reflective practice. Resources and equipment are specific to each age group and are designed to ensure that all learning styles are catered for.

Field trips to Centennial Parklands are either two and a half hour long sessions or can be extended to a full day for a more in-depth experience.

You can choose from the following excursions:

Years 1 and 2 Science and Geography
Wet and dry environmentsStudy two different environments in the Parklands, terrestrial and aquatic. Activities include dipnetting, mini habitat construction and a swamp walk where children will hear the story of one of the Parks resident’s Ficus the Flying fox. Read the subject page (pdf).
The need for shelterExplore why living things need shelter to survive and discover some of the Parklands animal homes. Students will also get the opportunity to build their own shelter by constructing a cubby house shelter out of natural materials. Read the subject page (pdf).
Habitat ExplorersLiving things can live in different places and these places are called habitats.  Who lives in the different habitats of Centennial Park? Find out why they choose to live in the Parklands and how they survive here. Read the subject page (pdf).
Creature FeaturesExplore the different characteristics and adaptations of the Parklands living things (plants and animals) through wildlife sampling, games and descriptive creature naming games. Read the subject page (pdf).
Years 3 and 4 Science and Geography
The People's Park

Centennial Park is one of the most important and historic sites in Sydney’s history. From the pre-colonial importance of this landscape to the original custodians the Indigenous Cadigal people, the importance of our fresh water to the survival of colonial Sydney and site of the signing of the federation document in 1901. In the People’s Park students will hear stories, create drama, and play games centred around the Cadigal clan, the construction of Busby’s Bore and the vision of Sir Henry Parkes. Includes a trip to the Federation Pavilion. Read the subject page (pdf).

Classify me!Enjoy a variety of hands on activities (including aquatic and land based bug hunts) to classify plant and animal species based on the observable features of living things. Read the subject page (pdf).
Life cyclesUse a variety field work techniques to explore different plant and animal life stages. The class will recreate their own dramatic life cycle play and make a life cycle sculpture of an animal or plant using natural materials. Read the subject page (pdf).
Years 5 and 6Science and Geography
AdaptationLiving things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. Activities include wildlife sampling, games and an adaptation making and literacy activity using natural materials and Latin descriptions. Read the subject page (pdf).
Introduction to Environmental ImpactsThis session is an introduction to field work techniques to gather the data to help students understand human and impacts on an urban parklands environment. Gain understandings through field testing of the impact of invasive species, storm water run-off  and large urban populations. Read the subject page (pdf).

For more information about fees and booking conditions, please see our rate card and terms and conditions.