All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the Australian curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our Secondary School programs have been developed for specific units of study in Geography and Science. Each can however be tailored to suit a school’s needs. Through our “Catchment Studies” experiences, students gain a detailed understanding and awareness of the importance of healthy waterways through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of items to pass around/ try (incursions). The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
All Secondary field trips and in-class presentations come with complimentary work-booklets. These are aligned with a relevant state syllabus and are conducive to data collection for use in student assessment. Work-booklet-based field trips allow for an in-depth, methodical and structured waterway health assessment. Students use a variety of field work techniques to collect primary data on the appearance, chemical properties and biota of a waterway.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Catchment Studies” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
NOTE: We often run this program in small groups and with multiple site visits. In this case, each group conducts one of the 3 activity sessions at each study site (usually 3) in a round robin fashion. This adds travel time between sessions.
|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 The site you will visit will be part of a much larger network of creeks, rivers and dams. During this activity, you will learn where your study site is situated in the relevant catchment and what ecosystem services the wetlands provide to adjacent and downstream settlements. You will then conduct a visual survey to assess the level of disturbance at your site due to human behaviors.|
|10:00||Activity session 2 The types of macro invertebrates hiding in the reeds that flank the banks can be a good indication of how healthy or polluted the waterway is. During this activity, you will use nets to catch as many water bugs as possible in the hour available. SIGNAL 2 sensitivity gradings of the bugs captured and identified will allow you to judge the health of the waterway.|
|11:00||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery|
|12:00||Activity 3 It is important to collect a wide range of reliable qualitative and quantitative data in any scientific investigation. In this activity, you will use the equipment provided to measure the chemical properties of the water at your site (for example dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.). This will aid your evaluation of waterway health.|
|13:00||Depart wetland site for nearby Dam or Desalination Plant|
|13:30||Activity 4 Receive a presentation on the concept of water security from the manager of a dam or desalination plant in your region. You will learn about threats to water security as well as the strategies in place to keep them at bay.|
|14:30||Depart Dam or Desalination Plant, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|