All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Forest to Farm” programs for years 3-6 have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through participation in our “Forest to Farm” excursion, students gain a basic understanding of how humans have altered natural environments to create a monoculture conducive to crops and grazing. What we offer is a guided expedition from rainforest to nearby farmland (excursion). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
As our population increases, so too does demand for housing and related infrastructure. To make space for these new developments, important forest biomes are often cut away. Our “Forest to Farm” excursion explores the effects of this largescale environmental change on local ecology. Primary teachers 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 a group, whereas work-booklet-based field trips allow for a methodical and structured investigation of land cover transformations in Australia.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Forest to Farm” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|08:30||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|
|09:30||Arrive at Rainforest Site for Activity Session 1 This activity will take the form of a guided walk through the rainforest. First, students will cross through an undisturbed section of rainforest. They will then proceed to a section disturbed by a natural hazard (for example, a cyclone). Students will record observations to compare sites and morning tea will be enjoyed on the walk.|
|12:00||Lunch at Rainforest Site Great areas to relax and enjoy the scenery!|
|12:30||Activity Session 2 Interview with a National Park ranger and a representative of the local Indigenous people. These interviewees will give fascinating insights into the use of natural resources from the rainforest in the past and in the present.|
|13:15||Depart Rainforest Site for a Lookout|
|13:45||Arrive at the Lookout for Activity Session 3 Presentation on the geography of the local region. During this activity, your guides will explain how natural processes such as volcanism and the water cycle have contributed to the unique geography of the region, making it ideal for both rainforest and farmland. A field sketch where both rainforest and farm sites are visible will be possible at this location.|
|14:15||Depart Lookout for Farm Site|
|14:30||Arrive at Farm Site for Activity Session 4 Interview with a farmer. Many farmers represent the fourth of fifth generation to work the land on which they are situated. This means their family has witnessed decades of changes within the same region of rainforest and farmland. These presenters have specialised knowledge on the local history and can skilfully recount a timeline of land cover transformations for the students.|
|15:30||Depart Farm Site, back to School or Airport|
|16:30||Return School or Airport at desired time|