Tertiary Alpine Forests

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Second Nature Education offers an amazing variety of educational and experiential programs to a variety of alpine forest locations throughout the world.

All our programs are tailored to support a chosen unit of study or as specifically requested by our clients.

What we provide

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and Flyers
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets
  • All relevant equipment (supplying up to 150x students per session)
  • Example assessment tasks
  • Transportation options (we provide quotes to utilise our own buses for every excursion and can purchase all relevant flights relating to your program where applicable)
  • Pre/Post Excursion Activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk Assessment (location specific)
  • Variety of field-work locations (where available)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (we provide quotes to utilise our own in-house catering service for every excursion (where available) and/or catering through a third-party provider

Tertiary (TAFE/University) Programs

Our Tertiary Education programs have been developed for specific units of study within a variety of courses (e.g. Botany, Ecology, Environmental Science, Environmental Education etc.). We can also tailor programs upon request. By participating in a “Alpine Forests” program, students gain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the importance of rocky shore ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through a virtual “Alpine Forests” investigation (incursions).

Trip Overview

All Tertiary in-class presentations and field trips to alpine forest environments come with complimentary assessable work-booklets, which are tailored to the requirements of an institution. Our field trips allow for an in-depth, methodical and structured investigation of alpine forest environments. Alternatively, virtual “Alpine Forests” investigations allow students who are unable to participate in a field trip to gain a basic understanding of alpine forest ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation.


  • Mountain climbing!
  • Getting deep into an alpine forest
  • Amazing views of hundred-year-old conifers!
  • Spotting incredible wildlife (e.g. elk/deer etc.)
  • Map-reading/comprehension
  • Plant and animal identification using age-appropriate keys
  • Use of binoculars (e.g. bird watching)
  • Looking for additional evidence of wildlife (e.g. footprints of a snow leopard)!
  • Identifying adaptations of conifer trees (cold/light/reproduction etc.)

More Information



  • Guided trek along a mountain ridge for best viewing of alpine forest
  • Conifer and alpine animal identification activity
  • “Magic spot” quiet reflection and field sketch
  • Discussion of adaptations for living in such a harsh environment
  • Field work (quadrat or transect studies)


  • An age-appropriate interactive PowerPoint presentation
  • Investigation of alpine forest adaptations using samples taken from a living ecosystem
  • Virtual alpine forest exploration and biodiversity quadrat (optional)
  • Conifer and alpine animal identification activity
  • Active “Food Chains and Food Webs” game
  • Quiz (with prizes!) to assess comprehension
Educational Outcomes
  • Awareness and knowledge of alpine forests
  • Appreciation for the diversity of alpine forest organisms
  • A basic understanding of alpine forest ecosystems work including knowledge of food chains/webs and habitats
  • Awareness of the impacts of human activities on alpine forests locally and globally
  • Knowledge of local and largescale environmental issues affecting alpine forests including global warming, invasive species and pollution (especially acid rain)
  • Learning of sustainable behaviours that minimise these issues
  • A sense of connection to and feeling of stewardship towards the world’s beautiful alpine forests
  • An understanding of the complex processes involved in managing alpine forests in a sustainable manner.

Alpine forest programs are only available as part of our international tours. As such, we do not offer single day programs to this habitat. Amazing study sites can be found in the Rocky Mountains of North America, the Andes Mountains of South America, and the Himalayas throughout Asia. Please contact us to view an itinerary for one of these three incredible destinations.