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Subject:

Health and Physical Education

Year level:

Level 9, Level 10

A thin waterfall of streaming white water surrounded by red rocky cliffs and a few deep green plants.

Activity 2 – Healthy country healthy people

This activity is a part of the Working in the community resource.

Waterfall in Kings Canyon, Watarrka, Northern Territory. Source: Getty Images. Used under licence

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Step-by-step guide

Step 1: Local animal guide

  • As a class, compile a list of common animals you know from your area into a table for use in the next activity. Keep this basic, for example ‘freshwater turtle’, ‘blue tongue lizard’, ‘galah’. 

Step 2: Explore your area

Step 3: Research Rangers in your community

Research rangers in your local community, or nearest national park

  • What Traditional Owner groups does this place belong to?

  • What challenges do they face in this area, e.g. pests, vandalism, pollution? 

Step 4: Discussion Questions

  • How do you use your nearby national parks and areas? Discuss the relationship between the health of natural areas and how people use them for their own health and enjoyment. 

  • Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owners have an inherent responsibility to look after their country and respect other people’s country. Discuss how this might be part of their identity. 

  • What is your own responsibility to the place you live, both to the land and water and to the community? 

  • How can you encourage people in your community to look after their natural areas? 

Related activities within this resources:

A thin waterfall of streaming white water surrounded by red rocky cliffs and a few deep green plants.

Activity 1 – Rangers and identity

Students will watch and read to learn about the role of Rangers on country and their impact on community, and connection to place.

A thin waterfall of streaming white water surrounded by red rocky cliffs and a few deep green plants.

Activity 3 – Caring for our water places

Students will explore your local waterhole or another natural area through the eyes of a ranger. If it is not possible to visit, the class can discuss previous experiences.

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