All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our Secondary School programs have been developed for specific units of study within Geography and Science. Each can however be tailored to a school’s needs. Our “Mining” excursions involve the exploration of a mine along with nearby farms, communities and power stations. Alternatively, “Mining” incursions involve an interactive PowerPoint presentation with a virtual tour of a local mine. Students learn about the impacts of mining or quarrying on both local communities and the environment. They also learn to evaluate management decisions based on both efficiency and sustainability. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on mining. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Iron ore and coal mining are the two largest export industries in Australia. While it is important to acknowledge the immense economic benefits offered by these products, the mining activity required to produce them can severely harm local ecologies. On this adventure, you will learn about the economic benefits and environmental impacts of mining or quarrying. You will jump into a poignant local debate where social and political factors affecting the extent of mining come to light. You will also use a variety of fieldwork techniques to assess undisturbed areas in contrast with areas disturbed by mining. If you are seeking a different approach to your “Mining” study, we can design a program that is suitable for you.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Mining” excursion. All excursion packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
|07:30||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|
|08:30||Arrive at a dairy farm for Information Session 1: Impact of the Mine on Farmers.|
|09:00||Depart dairy farm for a grain and fodder farm.|
|09:15||Arrive at the grain and fodder farm for Information Session 2: Impact of the Mine on the Environment|
|09:45||Waterway health assessment at the grain and fodder farm|
|10:15||Depart grain and fodder farm for the Mine|
|10:30||Arrive at the Mine for Information Session 3: Impact of the Mine on Regional Towns|
|11:00||Tour of the mine|
|12:30||Waterway health assessment at the mine|
|13:30||Depart the mine for a park in a nearby township|
|14:00||Arrive at the park Enjoy lunch as you watch the town go by|
|14:45||Depart park for the Community Centre within the same township|
|15:00||Information Session 4: What the Mine is doing for the community|
|15:30||Depart Community Centre, back to school or airport|
|16:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|