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 “Deserts” program, students gain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the importance of desert ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through a virtual desert investigation (incursion).
All Tertiary in-class presentations and field trips to semi-arid or arid 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 semi-arid or arid environments. Alternatively, virtual desert investigations allow students who are unable to participate in a field trip to gain a basic understanding of semi-arid and arid ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Deserts” excursion. All excursions 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 institutions and airports|
|09:45||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 Australia’s deserts are home to a unique community of plants and animals that have pioneered some bizarre and impressive adaptations to cope with the extreme temperatures and low rainfall they are subjected to in their arid habitat. During this activity, you will identify plants and animals of the desert and nearby heathland/forest. You will take note of the adaptations they use to survive in their environment and draw a lateral view of the visible plant communities as an initial field sketch.|
|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 a desert study site 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 be dominated by heathland, eucalypt forest or pine forest (depending on the location). The comparison of desert and forest sites will later form the basis of the students’ summative field reports.|
|13:45||Activity Session 4 Talk from a National Park Ranger or environmental scientist. During this activity, a guest speaker will deliver a presentation on desertification (and salinization) as a likely consequence of climate change. They will use current scientific data to make predictions about the future of Australia’s deserts and other semi-arid environments.|
|14:15||Depart destination, back to institution or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at institution or airport when required|