All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our “Rocky Shores” 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 rocky shore ecosystems and a new-found appreciation for this amazing habitat are key outcomes. These programs are delivered by passionate facilitators with specialist knowledge on rocky shores. The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:
Earth and Environmental Education
Marine Science (QLD)
On this adventure, you will learn about the importance of rocky shore ecosystems and the unique abilities of inhabiting organisms to withstand long periods of heat and exposure. You will also use a variety of fieldwork techniques to investigate the diversity of a rocky shore ecosystem. If you are seeking a different approach to your “Rocky Shores” study, we can design a program that is suitable for you.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Rocky Shores” excursion. All excursion 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|
|09:30||Arrive at destination. Walk to study site|
|09:45||Activity Session 1 Rocky shores have distinctive zonation patterns. That is to say, different colonies of shellfish and crustaceans can be found at varying distances from the shoreline depending on their tolerance for physical factors such as salinity, light intensity, temperature, etc. During this activity, your guides will walk you through the three distinct zones on the rocky shore and assist you to identify animals at each stop.|
|10:45||Activity Session 2 Rocky shores provide critical habitat for highly specialized animals. They are also an important food source for migrating shore birds. During this activity, you will learn about the importance of the rocky shore ecosystem and will take note of any human impacts directly visible (or not) in the immediate environment. During this time, you will also complete a field sketch of the rocky shore and beach beyond.|
|11:45||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the view!|
|12:15||Activity Session 3 Students will conduct a line transect and quadrat investigation at the first zone identified in Activity Session 1 (Zone 1). They will later compare the data collected with similar measurements taken at Zones 2 and 3. The quadrat investigation will allow them to calculate species richness and Simpson’s Biodiversity Index in class at a later date.|
|13:00||Activity Session 4 Another line transect and quadrat investigation at Zone 2.|
|13:45||Activity Session 5 Another line transect and quadrat investigation at Zone 3.|
|14:30||Walk back to bus from study site|
|14:45||Depart destination, back to school or airport|
|15:30||Arrive back at school or airport when required|