All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Mangroves” 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 importance of mangrove ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursion) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of mangrove items to pass around/try (incursion). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Australia has the third largest area of mangroves in the world! Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based mangrove 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 a group. Work-booklet-based field trips allow for a methodical and structured investigation of mangrove environments. Virtual mangrove 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 mangrove environments through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Mangroves” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|8:30||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|
|9:00||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 Mangroves are highly complex and unique ecosystems that are important to the marine and intertidal environments. Mangroves perform many crucial ecological functions as well as providing economic benefits to humans. During this activity, you will learn about the many aspects that make mangroves important|
|10:30||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery|
|11:15||Activity session 2 There are many interesting adaptations mangrove flora possess to survive. With the help of our experienced guides, activities will take place within the mangroves to identify mangrove trees and the unique ways they cope with their environment.|
|12:45||Activity 3 Mangroves are home to many faunal species. Crabs and shellfish make up an important part of this biodiversity. This activity involves identifying crabs and shellfish using dichotomous keys and classification guides. You will soon come to grip their importance in the ecosystem.|
|13:45||Activity 4 This activity involves a biodiversity survey. Students observe and report on all living things other than the famed mangrove trees that make up the forest.|
|14:30||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|