All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Catchment Studies” programs for years 3-6 have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through participation, students gain a basic understanding and awareness of the importance of healthy waterways through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of items to pass around/try (incursions). The experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Catchment Studies” excursions have the option of an ‘Experiential’ field trip (usually Grades K/P-4) or a ‘Work-booklet’ based field trip (usually grades 5-6/7). Experiential field trips are less structured than work-booklet-based field trips and allow flexibility to follow the specific interests of the group. Work-booklet-based field trips allow for a methodical and structured waterway health assessment. Virtual waterway health assessments allow 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 their local catchment through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Catchment Studies” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|9:30||Tour group pick-up 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|
|10:00||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 The site you will visit will be part of a much larger network of creeks, rivers and dams. During this activity, you will learn where your study site is situated in the relevant catchment and what ecosystem services the wetlands provide to adjacent and downstream settlements. You will then conduct a visual survey to assess how humans use the space and the disturbance this activity may have caused.|
|11:00||Activity session 2 The types of macro invertebrates hiding in the reeds that flank the banks can be a good indication of how healthy or polluted a waterway is. During this activity, you will use nets to catch as many water bugs as possible in the hour available. SIGNAL 2 sensitivity gradings of the bugs captured and identified will allow you to judge the health of the waterway.|
|11:30||Lunch at destination Picnic lunch in a beautiful spot to enjoy the scenery.|
|13:00||Activity 3 Use binoculars to spot native and migrating shore birds amongst the trees and in the distance. Describe and identify them with the help of your guides. Learn about the life cycle of birds and the important role of migration.|
|14:00||Activity 4 “Magic spot” quiet reflection and field sketch. Students sit for a moment away from their peers to look and listen to their surroundings. They should conduct a field sketch in this time.|
|14:30||Depart wetland site for school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|