Years 7 & 8

Intertidal Food Webs & Classification

Ricketts Point Sea StarRicketts Point Marine Sanctuary

The intertidal platform of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is home a variety of algal and invertebrate species.  Students will have the opportunity to observe the characteristics of these organisms and discover how such features are used to classify species and  be introduced to the use of dichotomous keys and hierarchical systems of classification. The relationships between organisms on the intertidal platform will also be highlighted by constructing a food web.  Observations of human activities within the marine sanctuary will demonstrate to students how fragile food webs can easily be impacted by our actions.

Bushfires and the Environment

Toolangi State ForestToolangi State Forest

Fires are a natural part of the forest environment.  Investigate how fires effect the environment, plants, animals and communities with hands-on measurement of fuel hazard levels in a nearby Messmate Forest, a visit to a Mountain Ash Forest and a stop off to compare and contrast a Cool Temperate Rainforest.

Bush Biodiversity

Toolangi State ForestToolangi State Forest

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

Going with the Flow

Toolangi State ForestToolangi State Forest

During this field trip students will explore the importance of water to the environment and people, investigate how forests like Toolangi State Forest contribute to collecting, storing and filtering water, and explore natural and human influences on water quality.

Tale of Two Forests

Toolangi State ForestToolangi State Forest

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.