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EcoWalks Tours Incursion – Schools

The perfect bush explorer experience!

Learning activities designed to encourage students to engage with nature and explore their surroundings.

Students will learn about interconnections within the local ecology whilst having fun.

Highlights

  • Meaningful learning experience exploring nature.
  • Student’s will ouch, smell, draw and learn about nature’s gorgeous gifts like wildflowers, leaves and seed pods.
  • Students will learn about the endangered Red Crowned Toadlet, plants and invertebrates.
  • Students will earn about the life cycle of the Bush Tick and what to do if they spot one.
  • Bush Explorer activity booklet with puzzles and colour in designs also provided.
  • Workshops run for approximately 90 minutes allowing for changeover of classes.
  • Sessions can be structured to align with your school timetable.
  • Up to date Working with Children Check, Risk Assessment and Certificate of Currency provided.

Description

The students will be broken up into smaller groups as they participate in multiple activity stations.

An Acknowledgement of Country is said at the beginning of the incursion.  Students will learn about the Borogegal and Cammeraygal People of Middle Headland.  Students will also learn their traditional way of life, 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.  Students will also learn the song ‘Hand in Hand’ and sing this as a gesture of future inclusion of Aboriginal People.

Activity stations include:

  • Bush Ticks – Students will get an up close and personal as they look at the life cycle of a Bush using a plastomount, photos and infographics.  Students will also learn fun facts about ticks and how to avoid them but more importantly, what they need to do to remove a tick safely.  The group activity will have students interacting with props and fact sheets to complete cloze passages and puzzles such as a word search and flow chart in their very own activity booklet.
  • Cockroaches and Spiders – Students will use a number of cockroaches and spiders in resin as well as fact sheets to describe the ideal habitat for cockroaches and spiders.  Students will learn more about the differences between Wolf Spiders and Huntsman and even learn about what they eat and their life cycle so as to complete the quizes inside the activity booklet.
  • Red Crowned Toadlet – Students will listen to the unique squeaking calls of the Red Crowned Toadlet on a speaker and use the photos whilst they read through the fact sheets to complete a puzzle in their activity booklet. Once the kids have completed this learning activity they will use air drying clay to make their very own Red Crowned Toadlet to take home.
  • Native Flora – Learning about the local flora is essential for students to see the relationships that exist within ecosystems found in the Sydney Harbour National Park.  Students will be provided with several flowers, seeds as well as leaves to touch, see and think about the special connections between the landscapes, vegetation types and life cycles.  Students will use transparent slides and magnify glass lenses to see the difference between phyllodes and leaves found in native plant species like Acacia longifolia and Angophora Costata to complete the quiz answers about what they saw up close.
  • True or False Game – As a large group, students will run between two sides playing true or false as they showcase their learning of all the activities during the incursion.

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.  Alan shares his passion for the great outdoors and encourage children to go WILD about nature.

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