Year 7-10

Aquatic Ecology of Local Waterways

 

Come along to the Birdsland Environmental Education Centre and learn about the World’s oldest recorded Platypus “Wild Bill” that lives in Monbulk Creek!

Learn about the importance of catchments, water flows and stormwater issues.  

How does this affect local wetlands, creeks and rivers?  Where does water from the Yarra Ranges end up? Where does it come from?

What implications does it have for the amazing platypuses and other animals that live there? What implications does it have for us?

 

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Activities and information include:

 

*Programs can be adjusted to meet your curriculum needs.

Incursions are available – please contact for details.

Learn about the local catchment and discover the history of the Birdsland Reserve.

Geographical observations – natural and human influences. Land use changes over time.

Native plants and weeds of the site.

Water quality testing – what does it tell us?

Macroinvertebrate sampling – identify key species and classify them.

Develop an understanding of what are water resources? Why is water quality important?

What do wetlands actually do? Why are they important? How can this affect our local platypuses and other species?

 

COST and SESSIONS:

Time: 2hr  – 4hrs  (depending on your needs)

Students: 30 max per group (can accommodate 2 groups per session)

Cost per student $10- $17

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Curriculum Links:

Level 7:

Science:

Science Understanding: Biological sciences, Earth and space sciences

Science as a human endeavour: Nature and development of science, Use and influence of science, 

Science Inquiry Skills: Planning and Conducting, Analysing and evaluating and Communicating

Geography:

Geographical Concepts and Skills: Place, space and interconnection, Data and information

Geographical Knowledge and understanding: Unit 1: Water in the world, Unit 2: Place and livability

Cross Curriculum Priorities:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures: Human-nature relationships,Conservation and sustainability, 

Health and well-being

Sustainability: Human-nature relationships, Conservation and sustainability, Health and well-being

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Year 8

Science:

Science Understanding: Science as a human endeavour, Biological sciences,Earth and space sciences

Science Inquiry Skills: Planning and conducting, Analysing and evaluating and Communicating

Geography:

Geographical Knowledge and Understanding- Unit 1: Land forms and Landscapes,

Cross Curriculum Priorities:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures: Human-nature relationships,Conservation and sustainability, 

Health and well-being

Sustainability: Human-nature relationships, Conservation and sustainability, Health and well-being

 

 

Level 9 

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Science:

Science Understanding:  Biological sciences 

Science as Human Endeavour: Nature and development of science, Use and influence of science

Science Inquiry Skills: Questioning and predicting, Planning and conducting, Evaluating and Communicating

Geography:

Geographical Knowledge: Unit 1: Biomes and food security.

Different types and distribution of environmental changes and the forms it takes in different places

Environmental, economic and technological factors that influence environmental change and human responses to its management

Cross Curriculum Priorities:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures: Human-nature relationships,Conservation and sustainability, 

Health and well-being

Sustainability: Human-nature relationships, Skills and knowledge, Conservation and sustainability, Health and well-being

 

Level 10

Copyright Jessica Lazarus

Science:

Science Understanding:  Biological sciences 

Science as Human Endeavour: Nature and development of science, Use and influence of science

Science Inquiry Skills: Questioning and predicting, Planning and conducting, Evaluating and Communicating

Geography:

Geographical Knowledge: Unit 1: Environmental Change and Management

Cross Curriculum Priorities:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures: Human-nature relationships,Conservation and sustainability, 

Health and well-being

Sustainability: Human-nature relationships, Skills and knowledge, Conservation and sustainability, Health and well-being