All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Rainforest Studies” 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 rainforest ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of rainforest items to pass around/try (incursions). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Australia is home to some of the oldest and largest sections of rainforest in the world! Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Rainforest 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 a group. Work-booklet-based field trips allow for a methodical and structured investigation of rainforest environments. Virtual rainforest 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 rainforest environments through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Rainforest Studies” 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 Rainforests rely on an intricate community of plants and animals to sustain ecosystem services (such as water/air purification, carbon sequestration, etc.) that are imperative to human survival and economic wellbeing. During this activity, you will identify plants and animals of the rainforest. You will then learn about how they interact with each other and their environment (for example, through food webs or nutrient cycling).|
|11:15||Activity 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 area 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||Activity Session 3 Australia’s rainforests are popular destinations for ecotourism. In this optional activity, students learn about the concept of ecotourism. They observe the infrastructure in place to support increased traffic through the rainforest and discuss how human impacts are managed sustainably.|
|14:15||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|