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RESOURCES for Children


The Wolli Creek Valley is an ideal natural play space for children and a great outdoor classroom for school groups. Walking tracks have easy grades, there are trees and logs to explore, flowers and birds to admire and the positive stimulation that being in nature brings!

Walking the track with your children will connect them to this special place – a treasure in a city – and help them to develop an appreciation for the natural world that is so important for our sense of belonging and for our stewardship.

There are picnic facilities at Girrahween Park. The toilets at Girrahween Park can be made available to groups. Contact NPWS Ph. 9337 5511 for more information. Turrella Reserve has a playground and large open space for play or nature observation. Toilets are planned for Turrella Reserve.

The area is within walking distance for local residents and is easily accessible by public transport and car.

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Get involved in learning from and caring for this special place

There are opportunities for families to get involved in some WCPS activities. These include our annual Bat Watch Picnic and monthly bat counts, as well as native plantings from time to time. Keep an eye out for further information about these in our newsletters and on our What’s happening page.

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Bring your school group to the valley

The valley is a great place for school excursions and special events. Your students can quietly observe birds and the resident Grey-headed Flying-foxes, experience different habitats, and get to know some of the native plants. Given sufficient notice WCPS may be able to organise a guided tour for which a donation is welcomed. Contact

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Two Valley Trail Educational Resources

This resource was developed for teachers by an alliance of five local environmental organisations in 2008. The TVT is a 13 km walk extending along the Wolli Creek and Cooks River Valleys from Bexley North to Campsie, through areas of bushland and parkland, within easy walking distance of many schools. It is divided into four separate walks of varying difficulties so you can select what’s most appropriate for your students and their curriculum needs. This provides opportunities for students to explore and observe features of the natural and built environment in a unique outdoor setting.

This resource was developed some years ago and is yet to be updated but is still a valuable resource for teachers who might like to take their students on any sections of this trail. Printed copies of this resource are also available. Contact

If you would like to volunteer to update this resource, please contact us at

The Neil Rankin Award

The late Neil Rankin was an educator, ornithologist and long term WCPS member. His observations in the valley over many years formed the basis for Rankin’s ‘Birds of Wolli Valley’ (2006) published by WCPS.

The Neil Rankin award for primary school children aims to encourage children’s understanding of the natural environment using the Wolli Creek Valley as a resource. Groups of children from primary schools and community groups are eligible to enter. Entries for the Award close on 30 September each year. If you are teacher or the parent of a primary school child or are otherwise involved with a local school, please encourage your school to participate.

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Contact to discuss your project and possible eligibility for prize money.

Useful websites

Australian Museum – wide range of environmental information for kids.

Birds in Backyards – practical information on urban birds. Project linked to the Australian Museum.

CSIRO – an excellent website packed with science.

Frog and Tadpole Study Group – fun website with all you’ve ever wanted to know about frogs, including the Frogmobile.

Gould League – information on natural environment especially for kids.

National Parks and Wildlife Service – packed with useful information with special section for kids aged 5-12 years.

Royal Botanic Gardens – school excursions, holiday activities and outreach programs.

Centennial Parklands – school excursions, holiday activities and outreach programs.

Streamwatch – details of community environmental education projects for schools.

Taronga & Western Plains Zoos – Info packed including Backyard to the Bush, visits and outreach programs.

Waterwatch NSW – all about the waterwatch program and how to get involved.


Going Bush – by Nadia Wheatley   (see other publications)