Walka for teachers
We have developed excursion resources for teachers to use at the Walka reserve which can be applied under history, science and geography.
Most opportunities are under the geography syllabus including sections on environment, landscape, flora and fauna. The science syllabus also offers opportunities in the section 'Natural Environment through understanding about the Physical World, Earth and Space' and 'Living World'.
View the full list of learning outcomes, and opportunities for active participation in the Blooms Matrix.
We’ve developed numerous teaching aids to help teachers understand Walka and it’s history better.
Excursions to Walka
On site facilities have been developed to support excursions to the site. This includes:
- A seating area for small groups at the ecology viewing platform, with seats manufactured from recycled plastic.
- Two information signs. One is located at the pumphouse picnic area, with another located at the ecology platform (halfway around the lake trail circuit)
- Marked viewing areas positioned around the lake trail which present the best opportunities for observing birdlife
- Picnic areas for large and small groups near the pumphouse complex
- Amenities near the pumphouse complex.
Walka education program
We’ve developed a suite of creative and learning activities, including our Walka Me Inspired app, such as curriculum units, powerpoints, and worksheets for teachers and students.
This project has been assisted through the NSW Heritage Grants Program.
Learning topics and activities
Walka creative program
You are invited to Walka to discover places for quiet contemplation, opportunities to draw, photograph & listen.
Social stories for accessibility
Our social story template helps parents and carers to plan and prepare for visits to Walka Water Works.
We've included descriptions of the popular activities that many children and young adults enjoy when they visit. Photos are included so you don't have to visit the site in advance. You can also modify the template to suit your needs.
The Bowerbird Collective, featuring violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht, have created a series of musical works to enjoy during your visit. The music combines new and old musical compositions with nature recordings from Andrew Skeoch to create a unique and inspiring soundscapes.
Walka has special significance as a bird habitat and is home to over 140 species. Listen to just a few of the varieties of birds and insects found at Walka in the provided soundscapes.