Water in The World (Woronora Dam & Stanwell Park Reserve)

Geography

Syllabus Outcomes GE4-1 | GE4-2 | GE4-3 | GE4-5 | GE4-7 | GE4-8

Transport Walking Grade Excursion

$19.50

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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About

Join our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Rangers for an engaging and interactive day in the Illawarra, exploring various different ways in which water is used, and the value it offers to the local community.

Start the day at Woronora Dam, one of the most historic dams in NSW. Located near the Royal National Park, the dam has been supplying water to the Illawarra and Sutherland Shire since 1941. Then, continue down to Stanwell Park to discover the unique features of the Illawarra Escarpment.

On this excursion, students will gain a fascinating insight into water management and catchment zones in Australia, while being prompted to think deeply about the importance of topography, location and climate in managing water resources. Addressing a range of key inquiry questions, students will investigate the characteristics and spatial distribution of global water resources and analyse varying approaches that can be used to sustainably manage water resources and reduce water scarcity.

Students will walk across the dam and spillway at Woronora, glimpsing the impressive structure in its full glory from 66 metres above the ground before enjoying a fascinating guided tour around the historic buildings on the site. They’ll discover how the distinct coastline of the Illawarra Escarpment creates an ideal climate for water collection, and collect and analyse water samples at Stanwell Park.

This rare and unique experience will have your students up close and amongst the action, providing a first hand glimpse into the geographical and social infrastructure behind the management of Australia’s water resources.

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GE4-1 locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments
GE4-2 describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments
GE4- explains how interactions and connections between people, places and environments result in change
GE4-5 discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability
GE4-7 acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry
GE4-8 communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies
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Arrive/Depart

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

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

Bus Drop Off / Pick Up Location

Bus Drop Off Location
10am at Woronora Dam Picnic Area, Woronora Dam Road, Woronora 2508

Bus Pick Up Location
2pm on Station St, Stanwell Park 2508 (drive all the way down the end of Station St and park in bus bays)

Transport

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

Written Work Booklet Provided Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered

  • Why does the spatial distribution of water resources vary globally and within countries?
  • How do natural and human processes influence the distribution and availability of water as a resource?
  • What effect does the uneven distribution of water resources have on people, places and environments?
  • What approaches can be used to sustainably manage water resources and reduce water scarcity?

The water cycle
Students:

  • investigate how the operation of the water cycle connects people and places, for example: (ACHGK038)
    • identification of water cycle processesVisual Representations
    • explanation of water flows within a catchment areaMaps Spatial Technologies Information and communication technology capability Literacy
    • examination of factors influencing water flows and the availability of water resources in different places eg latitude, altitude, topography, location, climate
    • changeMaps Visual Representations Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia Literacy

Australia’s water resources
Students:

  • investigate the quantity and variability of water resources in Australia and other places, for example: (ACHGK039)
    • analysis of spatial variations in Australia’s water resources eg groundwater, rivers
    • explanation of variations in freshwater water availability across Australia eg precipitation, groundwater, runoff
    • assessment of variations in freshwater water availability between continents

Water scarcity & water management
Students:

  • investigate the nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, for example: (ACHGK040)
    • description of the nature, extent and causes of water scarcity in different countries
    • assessment of strategies used to overcome water scarcity and the role of governments, non-government organisations, individuals and communities in sustainable water management
    • proposal of individual actions contributing to water management

The value of water
Students:

  • investigate the economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic values of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and/or peoples of the Asia region, for example: (ACHGK041)
    • description of the ways water is used by people eg agricultural, commercial, industrial and recreational uses
    • comparison of the importance of water to ONE Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community and/or ONE Asian community

Day Outline

Excursion Duration (10am – 2pm)
10am Arrival

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break
(approx. 15 minutes)
Introductory Presentation
10:20am – 10:30am
The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation at Woronora Dam. Teachers to distribute work booklets to students (approx. 10 minutes)
Students split up into groups of approximately 30 and alternate the following activities:
Activity
10:35am – 11:30am
Students participate on a guided walk across the dam and spillway, stopping intermittently to answer questions in their work booklet.
Activity
11:15am – 12:00pm
Students participate on guided tour of the Woronora Dam historic site, stopping intermittently to answer questions in their work booklet.
12:00pm – 12:25pm
Lunch / Toilet Break (Woronora Dam)

(approx. 25 minutes)
12:25pm – 12:45pm
Transfer to Stanwell Park Reserve

(approx. 20 minutes)
Activity
12:50pm – 1:50pm
Students split into groups and analyse the water quality of different types of water source at Stanwell Park reserve. They discuss the technology and management of water resources and use scientific equipment to investigate the source and quality of water in the catchment area.
1:55pm – 2pm
Wrap Up / Conclusion / Toilet Break

(approx. 5 minutes)
2pm Depart on bus back to school

Activities

Booklet Activities include:
A student activity booklet is written and provided by Ranger Jamie Tours. A PDF version of this booklet will be made available to you upon your booking confirmation, for you to distribute in soft and/or hard copy to your students depending on your preference.

Booklet content will have students:

  • Explaining the aesthetic values of the landscapes and landforms in Sydney Harbour to culture and identity, and identify how the landscape has had different economic values for different people
  • Classifying a variety of water resources in Sydney
  • Examining the importance of the spatial distribution pattern of water sources across the Sydney basin, and explaining the variation of freshwater availability across Australia eg precipitation, groundwater, runoff
  • Describing the nature, extent and causes of water scarcity in Sydney, and compare this to other countries
  • Discussing the importance of water to the local and Aboriginal community in Woronora and and the Illawarra, and the variation in perception of the value of water to different groups eg Indigenous groups, governments, local residents
  • Describing of the ways water in Sydney is used by people eg agricultural, commercial, industrial and recreational uses
  • Discussing the importance of water to the Aboriginal Gadigal community of The Rocks and Sydney CBD, and the variation in perception of the value of water to different groups eg Indigenous groups, convicts, settlers
  • Making field sketches
  • Analysing photographs
  • Map reading
  • Interpreting graphs and statistics
  • Visual representations
  • Spatial technologies
  • Drawing mind maps

Locations

Woronora Dam & Stanwell Park Reserve

Our Water in The World excursion is also available at The Rocks – Sydney CBD

$19.50

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.

Title Address Description
Woronora Dam
Woronora Dam, Woronora Dam Rd, Woronora Dam NSW 2508, Australia
Stanwell Park Reserve
Stanwell Park Beach Reserve, Stanwell Park NSW 2508, Australia