All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Rocky Shores” 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 rocky shore ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of items scavenged from the beach to pass around (incursions). This experience can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
The Rocky Shore is a uniquely fascinating place for children! Primary teachers choosing to undertake one of our field-based “Rocky Shores” 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 rocky shore environments. Virtual rockpool 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 rocky shore environments through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Rocky Shores” excursion. All excursion 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 destination. Walk to study site|
|09:45||Activity Session 1 Rocky shores have distinctive zonation patterns. That is to say, different colonies of shellfish and crustaceans can be found at varying distances from the shoreline depending on their tolerance for physical factors such as salinity, light intensity, temperature, etc. During this activity, your guides will walk you through the three distinct zones on the rocky shore and assist you to identify animals at each stop.|
|10:45||Activity Session 2 Rocky shores provide critical habitat for highly specialized animals. They are also an important food source for migrating shore birds. During this activity, you will learn about the importance of the rocky shore ecosystem and will take note of any human impacts directly visible (or not) in the immediate environment. During this time, you will also complete a field sketch of the rocky shore and beach beyond.|
|11:45||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the view!|
|12:15||Activity Session 3 Students will conduct a line transect and quadrat investigation at the one of the zones identified in Activity Session 1. They will later compare the data collected with similar measurements taken at the two other zones by their classmates.|
|14:30||Walk back to bus from study site|
|14:45||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:30||Arrive back at school or airport when required|