Year 9 Adapting to changes in Marine Environments

Excursion Program Overview

Explore the intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. Discover how abiotic factors influence the distribution of species on the rocky platform and how organisms have adapted to these highly variable conditions.

Half Day Program includes:

  • Safety Talk – A brief overview of how to stay safe at the beach
  • Marine Education Centre – Students learn about the importance of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary in the Marine Education Centre
  • Sea Treasures – Students look at, touch and learn about some fascinating beach washed treasures such as cuttlefish, sea stars & shark eggs.
  • Rock Platform Discovery – discover some of the sea creatures and plants that have adapted to survive in the harsh intertidal zone and classify organisms using a dichotomous key and Sea Search’s Species Image Library
  • Quadrat sampling of the mid zone and lower intertidal zone of the rockpool using a sampling method from Sea Search
  • Use a range of scientific equipment supplied by Gould League educators to measure the abiotic factors of the different habitats
  • Pollution and the Marine Environment – create connections and consider how their actions at home can affect the marine environment

Restrictions: Tide dependent; please provide alternate dates that spread across at least 2 weeks

Prior knowledge required: biotic and abiotic factors, textbook knowledge of transects and quadrats

Equipment needed:  clipboard and pencil per student, printed worksheets and Sea Search Data Sheets

Curriculum Connections: Science Understanding: Biological Sciences (ACSSU175 & ACSSU176); Science Inquiry Skills: Processing & analysing data & information (ACSIS169 & ACSIS170), Questioning & predicting (ACSIS164), Planning & conducting (ACSIS165 & ACSIS166), Communicating (ACSIS174)

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Program Details

Cost (per group): Half Day $405 + GST

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

Possible Start Times: 10.15am, 12.15pm

Grade Level: Year 9

Program Location: Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

Program Duration: 2 hours inc. break

Program Type: Excursion

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