Self-guide excursions

These excursion programs are designed for teachers to deliver to their own students. The sites are all open to the public.

The programs concentrate on the value of water in the urban environment and consist of observational field work, historical geography and use various geographic tools.

These excursions are currently supported by teacher lesson plans for:

  • Stage 4 Geography
  • Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science
All our programs will be updated annually and new sites will be added to this list throughout the year.

Keep a look out for updates on this page.

Want to request the full self-guide excursion pack?
The best way to request this resource is to email us.

Picture of the first page of the resource.

Sydney Water and Alexandra Canal self-guide excursion resource for teachers.

Photo of Johnstons Creek

Johnstons Creek at Annandale.

We have self-guide programs for these sites:

Stormwater sites managed by us:
  • Alexandra Canal at Tempe Reserve, Tempe.
  • Johnstons Creek at Jubilee Park, Annandale.

Heritage listed sites managed by us:
  • Prospect Reservoir at Prospect Reservoir, Prospect.
  • Tank Stream in the city, Sydney.

Waterways we contribute to:
  • Boundary Creek at Weir Reserve, Penrith.
  • Caddies Creek at caddies Creek Reserve, Kellyville.
  • South Creek at Windsor Reserve, Windsor.
For site locations see our map.

Each pack includes:

  • a teacher program (linked to the syllabus) – between four and six lessons, including a two to three hour excursion
  • a PowerPoint presentation with notes providing questions (and answers) to get students thinking. Includes additional information about the site, links to other online resources, responsibilities of Sydney Water and definitions of water related terms
  • worksheets for students
  • a teacher answer sheet with additional fieldwork hints, tips and resource links.

The self-guide programs are linked to Water in the World - the value of water.

Students will:

  • investigate waterway management in Sydney
  • recognise the changing value of water resources over time
  • understand how we protect public health and the environment.

We've built in geographic skills, concepts and tools that encourage students to:

  • collect primary and secondary data to evaluate changing values of water
  • recognise the interrelationships between humans and the environment by identifying changing interconnections and values
  • use fieldwork skills, mapping activities, spatial technologies and visual representations.
Email us to request these resources to run your excursion.

You'll need to tell us:
  • the name of the school
  • which self-guide program(s) you'd like
  • how many students you expect to use the resource with. 

Water audit

students checking tap flow

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High school

Students drinking water

We have a range of online water education resources for high school teachers and educators.

See all our online high school resources.