26 September 2023

Parks open gates for school holiday learning

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Parents and carers on the hunt for school holiday activities are being encouraged by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to take their kids on some outdoors adventures and foster a lifelong relationship with the State’s national parks.

Director of the Service’s Hunter Central Coast, Kylie Yeend said NPWS was hosting tours across the Hunter and Central Coast region for families and kids.

“Being in a beautiful national park on a guided tour with our educational rangers is a great way for children to grow their relationship with nature,” Ms Yeend said.

“These holidays we’re offering over 10 tours, spread across the region from the coast all the way up to Towarri National Parks near Scone and Copeland Tops State Conservation Area near Gloucester,” she said.

“All tours have a particular environmental theme, to encourage an awareness of nature, conservation and protection of our parks for future generations.”

Ms Yeend said one of NPWS’s most popular tours for kids was the ‘Become a Junior Ranger for a Day’ series, hosted at several places, including Booti Booti National Park, Copeland Tops State Conservation Area, Towarri National Park and Glenrock State Conservation Area.

She said that up in the leafy Copeland Tops State Conservation Area there was a tour with NPWS koala experts, who explained what koalas ate, how they survive and how people could help to protect them into the future.

“At Blue Gum Hills Regional Park near Minmi you can walk with an Aboriginal tour guide to learn about the cultural significance of the local area or ramble along the shores of Tomaree National Park to discover what goes on in rockpools,” Ms Yeend said.

“Kids can go wild with ‘Spotto’ in Wyrrabalong National Park on an animal-spotting tour, and learn how to spot signs of animals through their tracks and scats, as well creating their own tracks,” she said.

Meanwhile at the Glenrock State Conservation Area, Ms Yeend said NPWS was hosting a whale watching tour and a tour about the area’s fossilised and rock platforms.

Further information on the school holiday tours can be accessed at this PS News link.

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