All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Heathland” programs for years 3-6 have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through participation in this program, students gain a basic understanding and awareness of the unique community of plants and animals that inhabit heathland environments through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of items salvaged from heathland to pass around (incursion). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Heathland is not a commonly considered destination for studies in biology or ecosystem dynamics. However, this habitat presents a number of unique plant and animal adaptations that support life in a highly dynamic environment. Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Heathland” 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 investigation of heathland and coastal/desert environments. Virtual heathland 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 heathland and coastal/desert environments through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day coastal heathland 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 Australia’s heathlands are home to a unique community of plants and animals that have pioneered some bizarre and impressive adaptations to cope with a dynamic semi-arid environment. During this activity, you will identify plants and animals of the heathland and nearby beach (or desert). You will take note of the adaptations they use to survive in their environment and draw a lateral view of the visible plant communities as an initial field sketch.|
|11:15||Field Work Session 2 Line transects and quadrat surveys are frequently utilised by field scientists to monitor how an area changes over time. During this activity, students will be divided into groups to assess an undisturbed area of heathland using techniques explained by our guides. The activity will involve taking measurements of physical factors using supplied equipment and recording results in a data collection table. This is excellent hands on experience in the field!|
|12:15||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery|
|13:15||Field Work Session 2 Students will conduct a contrasting line transect and or quadrat survey at a second study site. This site will have been disturbed by natural processes (e.g. wind erosion) or human activity (e.g. invasive species). The comparison of undisturbed and disturbed sites will later form the basis of the students’ summative field reports.|
|14:15||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|