All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Rainforest Investigation” programs for years 11-12 have been specifically developed for units of study in Geography, Biology, Tourism, and 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 rainforest ecosystems and a new-found appreciation for this amazing habitat are key outcomes. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on rainforests. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Earth and Environmental Science
Australia is home to some of the oldest and largest sections of rainforest in the world! On this adventure, you will learn about the importance of rainforest ecosystems as well as their function in providing economic benefits to humans. You will also use a variety of fieldwork techniques to investigate a rainforest ecosystem. If you are seeking a different approach to your rainforest study, we can design a program that is suitable for you.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Rainforest Investigation” 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, you will identify plants and animals of the rainforest. You will then learn about how they interact with each other and their environment (for example, through food webs or nutrient cycling).|
|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 an undisturbed section of rainforest 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 have been disturbed by natural processes (e.g. storm damage) or human activity (e.g. regrowth from clear cutting) depending on the objective of your study. The comparison of undisturbed and disturbed sites will later form the basis of the students’ summative field reports.|
|13:45||Activity Session 4 Australia’s rainforests are popular destinations for ecotourism. In this optional activity, students learn about the concept of ecotourism. They observe the infrastructure in place to support increased traffic through the rainforest and discuss how human impacts are managed sustainably.|
|14:15||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at school or airport when required|