Marine Tidal Survival

Sand Safari

Connect and play! Consolidate the school year and inspire connectedness and stewardship towards each other and a local marine sanctuary. Our marine educators will guide an engaging beachcomb scavenger hunt, and your teaching staff will lead a ball-based beach game, and a sand sculpture contest, complete with Gould League prizes. This low cost, playful 2 […]

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Marine
  • Year Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Holiday Program
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Everything Beachy

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.

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
  • Year Level Grade 3, Grade 4
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I Sea Changes

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is a unique protected area that incorporates intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches. Through hands-on exploration and personal observations, students will discover the plants and animals that live in this protected place and how human use of these areas have changed over time and with the seasons.

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Biodiversity, Changes over time, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
  • Year Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Natural Links

Planet Earth is a complex environment that relies on delicate links and sophisticated relationships between living and non-living elements. Classify natural objects and organisms while exploring the interconnectedness and importance of a balanced environment. Learn about human impacts and create actions for your school to support positive change.

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Food Webs, Human Impacts, Species Interactions, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level Grade 3, Grade 4
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Natural Links Incursion

Investigate the delicate links and sophisticated relationships between living and non-living elements within the complex environment that is planet Earth. Explore the interconnectedness and importance of a balanced environment through the classification of natural objects and organisms. Learn about human impacts and create school specific actions which can support positive change.

  • Location Your School
  • Theme Food Webs, Human Impacts, Living things, Species Interactions
  • Year Level Grade 3, Grade 4
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Earth Treasures

Our amazing planet contains hidden treasures. Embark on a journey of discovery as we explore every day materials and identify connections to natural resources. Prepare to challenge your current waste management behaviour at school and home to ensure a sustainable future.

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Earth's resources, Properties of materials, Waste Minimisation, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Earth Treasures Incursion

Discover the hidden treasures of our amazing planet as we embark on a journey to explore the connections between every day materials and our natural resources. Prepare to challenge your current waste management behaviour at school and home to ensure a sustainable future.

  • Location Your School
  • Theme Earth's resources, Properties of materials, Recycling, Waste Minimisation
  • Year Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Living Connections

All living things are connected. Examine the changes plants and animals undergo as they grow and discover their key features that help them survive in our fascinating world. Young learners will be engaged and inspired during these hands on, interactive activities.

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Insects, Living things, Plants, Sustainability, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Living Connections Incursion

All living things are connected. Learn how plants and animals change as they grow and find out what features help them succeed in our amazing world. Enjoy hands on interactive activities which are sure to engage and inspire young learners.

  • Location Your School
  • Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Insects, Living things, Plants
  • Year Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2
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Adapting to changes in Marine Environments

Explore two marine rockpools and use a range of scientific measurement tools to discover the influence of abiotic factors on species distribution.

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
  • Year Level Year 10, Year 9
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Rockpool Food Webs & Classification

Investigate intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches and undertake a SeaSearch survey of living organisms.

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
  • Year Level Year 7, Year 8
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Fire and the Forest

Excursion Program Overview Fires are a natural part of the forest environment. Investigate how bushfires and fire effect the environment, plants, animals and local communities. Visit a Mountain Ash Forest, logging coupe and a stop off to compare and contrast Wirrawilla Rainforest. If available, CFA firefighters can showcase their trucks, protective equipment and response systems. […]

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Forest, Human Impacts, Living things, Plants
  • Year Level Grade 5, Grade 6
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Toolangi Forest Adventure – School Holidays

Bring your multi-age School Holiday Program children to explore the wonders of Toolangi State Forest! Visit tall trees, soft ferns, mountain creeks, logging areas and our forest education room.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Biodiversity, Forest, Human Impacts, Insects, Living things, Plants, Sustainability
  • Year Level Holiday Program
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Sustainability Centre Discovery – School Holidays

Bring your multi-age School Holiday Program children to explore our hands-on Sustainability Centre to investigate your choice of themes: living things, 3R’s and/or composting/worm farming.

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Biodiversity, Freshwater, Human Impacts, Insects, Living things, Recycling, Sustainability, Waste Minimisation, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level Holiday Program
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Ricketts Point Ramble – School Holidays

Bring your multi-age School Holiday Program group to explore the intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches of a marine sanctuary!

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
  • Year Level Holiday Program
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Forests, Making Connections

Forests have many values and uses and our daily behaviours can impact on forests. Immerse yourself in Mountain Ash and Cool Temperate Rainforest, and see where our timber and paper products come from first hand with a visit to a logging coupe in Toolangi State Forest.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Forest, Human Impacts
  • Year Level Year 7, Year 8
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Going with the Flow

Explore Toolangi State Forest to unpack the importance of water to the environment and people, investigate how forests contribute to collecting, storing and filtering water, and explore natural and human influences on water quality.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Forest, Freshwater
  • Year Level Year 10, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
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Kinder Beach Secrets

Explore the beautiful Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary with all of your senses! From our drama based introduction, to a journey along the sandy beach to the rock platform to discover items washed ashore and what creatures make this special place their home. Discover our guided play-based learning stations to uncover more secrets of the beach!

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
  • Year Level Kindergarten
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Avoid, Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Explore responsible consumerism and waste minimisation from the how’s and what’s of curbside recycling, to ‘pitching’ the benefits and pitfalls of various recyclable materials, a waste wise shopping challenge, what’s so hot about compost and the journey of our e-waste and their planned obsolescence.

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Recycling, Sustainability, Waste Minimisation, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
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Kinder Recycling Rules – Incursion

Investigate our recyclable treasures and clues for which bin they belong in. A story, song and play-based learning support you in learning about items that can be recycled and where they end up!

  • Location Your School
  • Theme Recycling, Sustainability, Waste Minimisation
  • Year Level Kindergarten
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Kinder Minibeast Safari – Incursion

A hands-on investigation of the wonderful bugs and insects that live in your gardens (and our worm farm!) and the things they need to stay alive. Hunt for critters, look at them up close, explore our minibeast body part felt boards, build a garden home and meet our worms and stick insects!

  • Location Your School
  • Theme Biodiversity, Living things, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level Kindergarten
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Marine Tidal Survival

Tidal Survival

Discover the intertidal rockpools, sandy beaches and coastal vegetation of a marine sanctuary, discovering common sea creatures, explore their array of adaptations for intertidal survival and human impacts upon the marine ecosystem.

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
  • Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
  • Year Level Grade 5, Grade 6, Year 7
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Wood as a Resource (Design & Tech)

State forests are managed for multiple uses, including the provision of timber resources. Explore the use of forests as a source of timber for a range of uses. Investigate the path taken from forest to hardware supplier and the role of forest managers and consumers in a sustainable timber industry.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Forest, Sustainability
  • Year Level Year 11, Year 12
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Leadbeater’s Possums (Enviro Science Unit 3)

Toolangi State Forest is a key habitat for the Leadbeater’s Possum within the Central Highlands region. Experience first hand the forest environment that support this species and explore the issues surrounding its future conservation and management.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Biodiversity, Forest, Human Impacts, Living things
  • Year Level Year 12
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The Forest Environment (Enviro Science Unit 1)

Discover the forest environment, it’s structure, functions and natural processes. Through fieldwork, examine the changes occurring in the forest, including human-induced changes and how forests are managed and conserved.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Biodiversity, Forest, Human Impacts
  • Year Level Year 11
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The Forest Experience (O&E Studies Unit 1)

Explore how people value and experience forests. Students will investigate the meaning of ‘nature’ for different people, explore the different values that people place on forests and understand how forests are sustainably managed to accommodate different forests uses.

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Our Forests Our Future (9-10)

Forests are vital for our future. Explore the many values of our forests, how they are managed to reduce human impacts for future sustainability, and how people can be involved in protecting the environment.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Forest, Human Impacts
  • Year Level Year 10, Year 9
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Bushfires (7-10)

Fires are a natural part of the forest environment. Investigate how fires effect the environment, plants, animals and communities.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Forest, Human Impacts, Living things, Plants
  • Year Level Year 10, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
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Bush Biodiversity (7-9)

Our forests are diverse, dynamic environments. Investigate forest ecosystems and the interactions and interrelationships between forest plants and animals.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Biodiversity, Forest, Living things, Plants, Sustainability
  • Year Level Year 7, Year 8, Year 9
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Tale of Two Forests (7-8)

Forests are more than just a bunch of trees! Explore the difference between State Forests and National Parks, the way different user groups view the forest, the similarities and differences the Mountain Ash and Rainforest, the timber harvesting process and other human impacts.

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Forest, Human Impacts
  • Year Level Year 7, Year 8
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Teacher Professional Development

Choose from a variety of themes including Embedding Sustainability into your Early Childhood Service, Understanding Marine Ecosystems, Exploring Forest Ecosystems & Issues, and Sustainability in Action (ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic).

  • Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, Sustainability Excursion Centre, Toolangi State Forest, Your School
  • Theme Biodiversity, Marine, Recycling, Sustainability, Waste Minimisation, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level Tertiary & Adult
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Forest Discovery (1-6)

Discover the forest environment – tall trees, soft ferns, mountain creeks, and prickly plants! Use all your senses to find signs of the wildlife that live in the forests. Learn what makes a healthy forest habitat, discover the different ways that people use forests and how we can ensure the sustainability of forests for the […]

  • Location Toolangi State Forest
  • Theme Biodiversity, Forest, Freshwater, Living things, Plants, Sustainability
  • Year Level Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Kinder: Recycling Rules

Investigate our recyclable treasures and clues for which bin they belong in AND explore how composting and worm farming works and the important role that worms play. This program is a combination of our recycling and composting/worm farming activities.

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Recycling, Waste Minimisation, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level Kindergarten
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Kinder Wonderful World of Worms

Discover how worms can help to reduce your waste! A story, song, puppets and real live worms help you explore their favourite foods and more. Visit our ‘Incredible Shrinking Machine’ in minibeast costumes to imagine what the worms and their friends get up to!

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Living things, Sustainability, Waste Minimisation, Worms & Compost
  • Year Level Kindergarten
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Kinder Minibeast Safari

A hands-on investigation of the wonderful creatures and the roles they play in two separate habitats: the garden and a compost bin.

  • Location Sustainability Excursion Centre
  • Theme Biodiversity, Living things
  • Year Level Kindergarten
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