All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, 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, Environmental Science, Environmental Education etc.). We can also tailor programs upon request. By participating in a “Rocky Shores” 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 rockpool investigation (incursions).
All Tertiary in-class presentations and field trips to rocky shore 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 rocky shore environments. Alternatively, virtual rockpool investigations allow students who are unable to participate in a field trip to gain a basic understanding of rocky shore ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation.
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 institutions 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 institution or airport|
|15:30||Arrive back at institution or airport when required|