Factors That Shape Places at I-Fly


Syllabus Outcomes GE3-1 | GE3-2 | GE3-3 | GE3-4


All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).


About Factors That Shape Places

Join us on an engaging excursion to explore the exciting and unique environment high above the treetops at Illawarra I-Fly. Students will walk through pristine vegetation, see the ocean and gain a unique appreciation for the different types of places in our natural environment and the factors which shape them. Students will be immersed within a range of natural settings, exploring and learning first-hand how people and environments influence one another. Our experienced Rangers will take your students bug catching while sharing their expertise, examining the diverse features and characteristics of rainforest and coastal environments. Students will discover the importance of natural environments and recognise how human influence through early settlement has dramatically altered these ecosystems. Using provided temperature gauges and anemometers, students will put on their science hats to record and compare the geographical data of these environments, identifying key similarities and differences. What better way to learn about the factors that shape places than an exciting, action packed Ranger Jamie adventure day amongst nature?


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



Full Day Excursion (4 Hours) 10am – 2pm

Time allocation for excursions can be tailored and adjusted to suit your individual school timetable and scheduling.


Leave it all with us! Whilst you are welcome to organise your own transport to and from our adventures, alternatively you can book with our Ranger Jamie buses or coaches. Ask us for a transport quote and we can take care of everything!

Please note, all coaches include seatbelts for students however, buses do not.

What's Included

GoPro Short Film 1 Supplementry Lesson Ideas Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered

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

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

Day Outline

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)
Introductory Presentation The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation.
(approx. 25 minutes)
Grouping: Students are divided into their groups of approximately x 30 students and are allocated a Ranger guide for each activity.
Activity 1 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 2 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Lunch / Toilet Break
(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity 3 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Activity 4 Students participate in each activity for approximately 30 minutes.
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break
(approx. 20 minutes)


The day kicks off with an exciting and engaging presentation with taxidermy animals, focussing on the importance of protecting places, the need to preserve our natural environment, and how the unique features of different places can support a variety of flora and fauna.

ACTIVITY 1: Bushwalk
Students will be taken on a bushwalk unlike any other, high in the treetops at Illawarra I-Fly! They’ll get a bird’s eye view of our gorgeous native bushland, and be able to get up close and personal with the flora and fauna that can be found at this level.

Activity 2: Bug Catching
Students will have faces camouflaged in child friendly face paint.
Students will be given small clear jars with lid to catch anything creepy crawly they find -spiders not allowed. This activity shows students biological diversity of environments and what can live in habitats. This activity also focuses on how animals have adapted to live within our cities and built-up urban areas and how humans need to create green spaces for our animals. Students will be able to identify what they have caught as they cross reference their bug to the identification sheets provided.

ACTIVITY 3: Animal Habitats
Students work together in small teams to create an animal home for possums, wombats, wallabies, penguins and more. Students will have their creative side sparked in this activity. Each group will be given a large array of sticks, bark, leaves and branches to make specific animal homes. This activity focuses on the destructive human influence on environments and why we must protect habitats for different species. Students work together in groups and their creative side will be sparked as they create an elaborate animal dwelling/ habitat.

ACTIVITY 4: Ranger Jamie Olympics
Students are split in two teams working together to race each other in a competitive game against the clock. This highly competitive competition will have your students shouting, screaming and cheering with their peers as the teams discuss strategies and tactics on how to beat their competitors. Students discuss the answers and problem solve the questions based around what they learnt in the morning introduction presentation.



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All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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Please note this will be an additional cost to the excursion price and a seperate quote will be provided to you.

Please note this is a tentative booking. After your booking request is submitted, we will be in touch via email to confirm the requested date and arrange the final details for the booking.

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Illawarra Fly Treetops
182 Knights Hill Rd, Knights Hill NSW 2577, Australia