3-6 Built Environments

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Second Nature Education offers an amazing variety of educational and experiential programs to built environments in: Queensland and New South Wales; throughout Australia; and overseas.

All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.

What We Provide 

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and flyers
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets
  • All relevant equipment (supplying up to 150x students per session)
  • Example assessment tasks
  • Transportation options (we provide quotes to utilise our own buses for every excursion and can purchase all relevant flights relating to your program where applicable)
  • Pre/Post excursion activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk assessment (location specific)
  • Variety of field-work locations (where available)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (we provide quotes to utilise our own in-house catering service for every excursion (where available) and/or catering through a third-party provider

Primary School (3-6) Programs

Our “Built Environment” programs for years 3-6 have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through our “Built Environments” program, students gain a basic understanding of urban geography or biodiversity through direct interaction with a built environment (excursions) or through a guided walk around school grounds (incursions). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:


  • Year 3 Places are both Similar and Different (QLD) or Places are Similar and Different (NSW)
  • Year 3 Diversity and Significance of Places and Environments (VIC)
  • Year 5 Factors that Shape the Human and Environmental Characteristics of Places (QLD) or Factors that Shape Places (NSW)
  • Year 5 Factors that Shape Places and Influence Interconnections (VIC)


  • Year 3 Community and Remembrance (QLD) or Community, Remembrance and Celebrations (VIC)
  • Year 3 First Contacts (NSW/VIC)
  • Year 5 The Australian Colonies (QLD/VIC) or Colonial and National (NSW)

Trip Overview

Australia is home to many innovative and sustainable cities, some of which are famous around the world (e.g. Sydney and Melbourne, etc.). Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Built Environments” excursions have the option of an ‘Experiential’ field trip (usually Grades K/P-4) or a ‘Work-booklet’ based field trip (usually grades 5-6). Experiential field trips are less structured than work-booklet-based field trips and allow flexibility to follow the specific interests of a group. Work-booklet-based field trips allow for a methodical and structured investigation of built environments. Our “Built Environments” incursion option allows students who are unable to participate in a field trip (e.g. due to finances, proximity to habitat, behaviour issues, etc.) to gain a basic understanding of built environment ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation and guided exploration of school grounds.


• Visiting a bustling city center!
• Learning more about the place students live, work and go to school
• Receiving an introduction on urban planning and design
• Visiting state or national landmarks
• Sketching
• Map reading/comprehension
• Biodiversity surveys
• Identification using age-appropriate keys

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  • Guided walk through a big city!
  • Discussion of urban planning and design
  • Plant or animal identification activity
  • Field sketch of study site
  • Presentation on sustainable infrastructure within the chosen city
  • Field work (simple quadrat or transect studies)


  • An age-appropriate interactive PowerPoint presentation
  • Guided exploration of school grounds
  • Bird and plant identification activities
  • Active “Planning Sustainable Cities” activity
  • Quiz (with prizes!) to assess comprehension
Educational Outcomes
  • Awareness of how humans have reshaped a natural environment to create a built environment
  • Awareness and knowledge of built environments
  • Knowledge of the diversity of organisms extant in built environments
  • A basic understanding of how organisms living in a niche specific to built environments interact with each other and their surroundings
  • Knowledge of environmental issues that have arisen as a result of built environments including habitat destruction, introduction of invasive species, habitat fragmentation and pollution
  • Learning of sustainable practices that can be used in future urban planning to minimise these issues
  • A feeling of connection and sense of stewardship towards Australia’s natural environment
  • An understanding of the complex processes involved in managing our environment in a sustainable manner

Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Built Environments” excursion. All excursion packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.

09:00 Tour group pick- Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from schools and airports
09:45 Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 This activity involves an introduction to the chosen city. Students will be guided through a site description and field sketch, followed by a discussion of what design elements they can observe that make the city a “green” or sustainable one.
10:45 Morning tea
11:00 Activity Session 2 Students will be taken on a guided walk around the city, during which they will complete a biodiversity survey. They will use the classification guides provided to identify plants and animals common in the area and will watch closely for evidence of other wildlife. The guides will explain how these organisms have adapted their needs and behaviours to effectively co-exist with humans.
11:30 Activity Session 3 The students will continue their guided walk of the city, this time stopping at infrastructure implemented for sustainability in human economy and liveability and/or in the natural environment. There will be opportunities to speak with a range of professionals from the urban planning industry, including architects, horticulturalists, and workers from the transport sector.
12:30 Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and feel the energy of the city!
13:30 Activity Session 4 Time for a bit of fun! During this activity, students embark on a quest around the city to answer the five questions provided by their guides just before the activity is to take place. The students will be supervised during this time.
14:30 Depart destination, back to school or airport
15:15 Arrive back at institution or airport when required