Everything Beachy

Program Overview

Explore the intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches of a Marine Sanctuary and discover common marine creatures with adaptations for survival in this harsh intertidal environment. Explore the ways human activities can impact on our coastlines and how this can impact on the balanced ecosystems in these regions.

This program can be tailored to suit different levels of understanding, from topic introduction through to topic consolidation.

Victorian Curriculum Links:

    Science: Science Understanding
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

Program Outline:

There are two options for this program. The 2 hour short program includes three activities listed below (selected upon booking). The 4 hour long program includes all five activities.

      Beach Box

      Inspect our collection of preserved ocean treasures and explore the difference between specimens were once living and those that are the product of a living thing.

      Rock Platform Discovery

      Students will discover various environmental factors, such as climate change, human activities and habitat exploitation, that affect a rock platform and make it a challenging environment for plants and animals to live in.

      Marine Debris

      Participate in our interactive story to discover how human activities can impact our precious aquatic environments, both freshwater and marine, and devise solutions to prevent everyday pollution.

      Coastal Classification

      Using artefacts and images students will develop skills to classify marine organisms based on characteristics that are common to different groups of organisms, such as crustaceans and molluscs.

      Fatal Food Chain Game

      Imagine yourself as a marine animal on the search for food. In a game of chance, discover some of the perils these animals face on a daily basis.

    Both programs conclude with:

      Call to Action

      By defining their connection to the coastal environment, students will develop everyday actions they can take to reduce their impact on the marine environment.

    Restrictions: Program is dependent on tides therefore available dates are limited. More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request; only available during a 4 hour program.

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Program Details

Cost (per group): 2hr program - $405+GST
4hr program - $570+GST

Max # of Groups (group max. 30): 4

Possible Start Times: 10.30am
12.30pm

Grade Level: Grade 3, Grade 4

Program Location: Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Program Duration: 2 hours inc. break, 4 hours inc. breaks

Program Type: Excursion

Program Theme: Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine