All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our P-2 (or K-2 if you’re in NSW) programs have been specifically developed for this age group, and for a variety of learning abilities. Through our “Rainforest Studies” excursion, 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 the 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 economy. During this activity, your guide will point out plants and animals of the rainforest on an interpretative walk. You will then learn about how they interact with each other and their environment.|
|11:15||Activity Session 2 It’s never too early to start giving students the field work experience they will need to excel in the fields of Geography and Science. In this activity, students will receive instructions on what makes a good: (1) field sketch; and (2) biological drawing. They will attempt both and compare their drawings with others. Key differences between organisms will be pointed out to them.|
|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 ask tourists why they travelled to their destination and observe the infrastructure in place to support increased traffic through the rainforest.|
|14:15||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|