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EcoWalks Tours Excursion – Schools

Let’s Go on a Bush Adventure

Students will take on the role of a Bush Explorer and participate in a number of activities that investigates the special relationships between plants and animals in the Sydney Harbour National Park.

Knowledgeable guides will guide students and educators along the park trails learning about the native trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as the native beetles, frogs and birds.

Highlights

  • Focuses on Stages 2 and 3.
  • Safe learning environment with knowledgeable guides.
  • 1.5 hour guided adventure focusing on invertebrates, conservation and Aboriginal heritage and completing a scavenger hunt.
  • Students will walk along the park trails learning about the native trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as the native beetles, frogs and birds.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Description

The excursion focuses on Stages 2 and 3.

At the start of the adventure, students will receive an activity booklet that they will complete while walking the trails.

Excursion structure:

  • Acknowledge of Country – An Acknowledgement of Country is said at the beginning of the excursion.  Students will learn about the Borogegal and Cammeraygal People of Middle Headland and their traditional way of life, the plants found within the Sydney Harbour National Park and ways that the Aboriginal People used them for medicinal purposes as well as tools and resources to assist them with shelter, hunting and gathering.
  • Invertebrates – Students will search for invertebrates in the leaf litter and learn how to differentiate between bugs and beetles by identifying the features that distinguish them apart. Students will also observe the location, vegetation, leaf litter or log as well as soil in which the invertebrates they find
  • Importance of Biodiversity – Whilst on the trail, students will be on the lookout for local plants and animals.  Students are invited to complete the scavenger hunt checklist and describe the features of the plants and or animals that they see.  On arrival at at Bradleys Head, students will then be shown coloured images of animals found in the local bush and organise them into a food web on the ground to demonstrate the energy flow from producers and decomposes to primary and secondary consumers and then to apex predators.  Students will also learn about the importance of biodiversity in the bush land and discuss the impacts on biodiversity before setting off on a scavenger hunt for more plants and animals.
  • Spiders – Students will arrive back at the starting location and complete the learning activity on Huntsman vs Wolf Spider. Students will learn about the differences between these creatures by using the cloze passage and the guess who am I description.
  • True or False Game – As a large group the students will run between two sides playing true or false as they showcase their learning of all the activities during the excursion.

Excursion with places and points of interest:

  • Athol Bay to Bradleys Head
  • Harbour View Lookout
  • Flora and fauna
  • Bradleys Head Memorial Park
  • Conservation Talk
  • Aboriginal Heritage Talk

Curriculum & Syllabuses

HSIE

Stage 2:

Significance of Environments

  • Investigate the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people, for example: (ACHGK021, ACHGK022, ACHGK024).
  • Explanation of the importance of natural vegetation to animals and the functioning of the environment

Stage 3:

Factors that change environments

  • Investigate the ways people change the natural environment in Australia, for example: (ACHGK026, ACHGK027).

Science

Stage 2:

Life cycles of living things

  • Identify that living things have life cycles (ACSSU072).

Stage 2:

Classification of living things

  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044).

Stage 3:

Survival of living things

  • Describe how living things depend on each other and the environment to survive, for example: (ACSSU073).

Facilitator Profile

Alan is an accredited NSW Parks Eco Pass tour operator and founder of EcoWalks Tours in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Alan has a professional background as a geography teacher, adventure tourism operator and as a return from active service veteran. He shares his passion for the great outdoors and encourage kids to go WILD about nature.

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