All our programs are either tailored to support a chosen unit of study, or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our Tertiary Education programs have been developed for specific units of study within a variety of Courses (e.g. Botany, Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Education etc.). We can also tailor programs upon request. By participating in a “Catchment Studies” program, students gain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the importance of healthy waterways through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through a virtual waterway health assessment (incursions).
All Tertiary in-class presentations and “Catchment Studies” field trips 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 waterway health assessment. We also offer virtual waterway health assessments (incursions).
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Catchment Studies” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
NOTE: We often run this program in small groups and with multiple site visits. In this case, each group conducts one of the 3 activity sessions at each study site (usually 3) in a round robin fashion. This adds travel time between sessions.
8:30 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 institutions and airports
9:00 Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 The site you will visit will be part of a much larger
network of creeks, rivers and dams. During this activity, you will learn where your study site is situated
in the relevant catchment and what ecosystem services the wetlands provide to adjacent and downstream
settlements. You will then conduct a visual survey to assess the level of disturbance at your site due to
10:00 Activity session 2 The types of macro invertebrates hiding in the reeds that flank the banks can be a
good indication of how healthy or polluted the waterway is. During this activity, you will use nets to catch
as many water bugs as possible in the hour available. SIGNAL 2 sensitivity gradings of the bugs captured
and identified will allow you to judge the health of the waterway.
11:00 Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery
12:00 Activity 3 It is important to collect a wide range of reliable qualitative and quantitative data in any
scientific investigation. In this activity, you will use the equipment provided to measure the chemical
properties of the water at your site (for example dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.). This
will give a leg up to your evaluation of the health of the waterway.
13:00 Depart wetland site for nearby Dam or Desalination Plant
13:30 Activity 4 Receive a presentation on the concept of water security from the manager of a dam or
desalination plant in your region. You will learn about threats to water security as well as the strategies in
place to keep them at bay.
14:30 Depart Dam or Desalination Plant, back to institution or airport
15:00 Arrive back at institution or airport when required