All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Mangroves” programs for years 11-12 have been specifically developed for units of study in Geography, Biology and Marine Science, as well as Earth and Environmental 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 mangrove forest ecosystems and a new-found appreciation for this amazing habitat are key outcomes. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on mangroves. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Earth and Environmental Science
Marine Science (QLD)
Australia has the third largest area of mangroves in the world! On this adventure, you will learn about the importance of mangrove ecosystems as well as their function in providing economic benefits to humans. You will also use a variety of fieldwork techniques to investigate a mangrove ecosystem. If you are seeking a different approach to your mangrove study, we can design a program that is suitable for you.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Mangroves” excursion. All excursions 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|
|09:00||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 Mangroves are highly complex and unique ecosystems that are important to the marine and intertidal environments. Mangroves perform many crucial ecological functions as well as providing economic benefits to humans. During this activity, you will learn about the many aspects that make mangroves important|
|10:30||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery|
|11.15||Activity session 2 There are many interesting adaptations mangrove flora possess to survive. With the help of our experienced guides, activities will take place within the mangroves to identify mangrove trees and the unique ways they cope with their environment.|
|12:45||Activity 3 Mangroves are home to many faunal species. Crabs and shellfish make up an important part of this biodiversity. This activity involves identifying crabs and shellfish using dichotomous keys and classification guides. You will soon come to grip their importance in the ecosystem.|
|13:45||Activity 4 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 an area 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!|
|14:30||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|