All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our Primary School programs have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. By participating in a “Coral Reefs” program, students gain a basic understanding and awareness of the importance of coral reef ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of coral and other animal skeletons to pass around (incursion). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots and represent an exciting change of scenery from the classroom! Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Coral Reefs” excursions have the option of an ‘Experiential’ field trip (usually Grades 3-4) 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 investigation of coral reef environments. Virtual coral reef investigations 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 coral reef environments through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Coral Reefs” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|8:00||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.|
|8:45||Arrive at marina to board your vessel to the reef! Snorkel gear will be delegated before students enter the boat and a safety briefing will be delivered on board.|
|10:00||Activity Session 1 Introductory snorkel. Students will be briefed on snorkeling techniques and assisted with the identification of marine organisms in the reef community.|
|11:30||Enjoy a buffet lunch on board the catamaran.|
|12:30||Activity Session 2 Coral Watch field work. Students will be briefed on the use of CoralWatch equipment to measure the level of bleaching in corals on different parts of the reef. They will then use the same techniques to collect primary data for both their field reports and an online database sustained by citizen science.|
|13:30||Activity Session 3 Talk from a CoralWatch ambassador and marine biologist. The students will learn about how the data they collected is assisting scientists to monitor the state of the reef, and how this data can be used to ensure the sustainable management of the ecosystem.|
|14:00||Depart destination for marina|
|15:00||Return to marina Depart immediately for school or airport|
|15:45||Return to school or airport at required time|