All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Deserts” programs for years 7-10 have been specifically developed for units of study in Geography and Science. Each can however be tailored to a school’s needs. The programs are great fun and involve the exploration of a natural environment (excursions), or an exciting interactive PPP with classroom activities (incursions). A detailed understanding and awareness of the importance of desert ecosystems and a new-found appreciation for this amazing habitat are key outcomes. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on semi-arid and arid environments. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
70% of the Australian landmass is classified as semi-arid or arid, making it the driest inhabited continent on Earth (apart from Antarctica). On this adventure, you will learn about the importance of deserts and the unique community of organisms that live there. You will also use a variety of fieldwork techniques to investigate a desert/heathland ecosystem. If you are seeking a different approach to your semi-arid or arid environment study, we can design a program that is suitable for you.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Deserts” excursion. All excursions 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 deserts are home to a unique community of plants and animals that have pioneered some bizarre and impressive adaptations to cope with the extreme temperatures and low rainfall they are subjected to in their arid habitat. During this activity, you will identify plants and animals of the desert and nearby heathland/forest. 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.|
|10:45||Field Work Session 1 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 a desert study site 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!|
|11:45||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery|
|12:45||Field Work Session 2 Students will conduct a contrasting line transect and or quadrat survey at a second study site. This site will be dominated by heathland, eucalypt forest or pine forest (depending on the location). The comparison of desert and forest sites will later form the basis of the students’ summative field reports.|
|13:45||Activity Session 4 Talk from a National Park Ranger or environmental scientist. During this activity, a guest speaker will deliver a presentation on desertification (and salinization) as a likely consequence of climate change. They will use current scientific data to make predictions about the future of Australia’s deserts and other semi-arid environments.|
|14:15||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|