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 “Mangroves” program, students gain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the importance of mangrove forest ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursion) or through a virtual “Mangroves” investigation (incursion).
All Tertiary in-class presentations and field trips to mangrove 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 mangrove environments. Alternatively, virtual “Mangroves” investigations allow students who are unable to participate in a field trip to gain a basic understanding of mangrove ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Mangroves” excursion. All excursions 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 institutions and airports|
|9:00||Arrive at destination for Activity session 1 Mangroves are highly complex and unique ecosystems that are important to the marine and intertidal environments. Mangroves perform many crucial ecological functions as well as providing economic benefits to humans. During this activity, you will learn about the many aspects that make mangroves important|
|10:30||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery|
|11:15||Activity session 2 There are many interesting adaptations mangrove flora possess to survive. With the help of our experienced guides, activities will take place within the mangroves to identify mangrove trees and the unique ways they cope with their environment.|
|12:45||Activity 3 Mangroves are home to many faunal species. Crabs and shellfish make up an important part of this biodiversity. This activity involves identifying crabs and shellfish using dichotomous keys and classification guides. You will soon come to grip their importance in the ecosystem.|
|13:45||Activity 4 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 area 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!|
|14:30||Depart destination, back to instutution or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at institution or airport when required|