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, Vertebrate Biology, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Environmental Education etc.). We can also tailor programs upon request. By participating in a “Seagrass Meadows” program, students gain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the importance of seagrass ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through a virtual “Seagrass Meadows” investigation (incursions).
All Tertiary in-class presentations and field trips to seagrass 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 seagrass environments. Alternatively, virtual “Seagrass Meadows” investigations allow students who are unable to participate in a field trip to gain a basic understanding of seagrass ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Seagrass Meadows” excursion. All excursion 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 learning institutions and airports|
|09:45||Arrive at destination and walk to study site|
|10:00||Activity session 1 Seagrass meadows hide juvenile fish on wide open mud flats. They also provide food to exciting marine fauna such as turtles and dugongs. During this activity, you will identify plants and animals inhabiting a seagrass meadow. You will then learn about how they interact with each other and their environment (for example, through food webs or nutrient cycling).|
|11:00||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 an undisturbed section of seagrass 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!|
|12:00||Lunch at destination Great areas to take a break and enjoy the scenery|
|13:00||Field Work Session 2 Students will conduct a contrasting line transect and or quadrat survey at a second study site. This site will have been disturbed by natural processes (e.g. storm damage) or human activity (e.g. nutrient enrichment due to urban runoff) depending on the objective of your study. The comparison of undisturbed and disturbed sites will later form the basis of the students’ summative field reports.|
|14:00||Walk back to the bus from the study site|
|14:15||Depart destination, back to institution or airport|
|15:00||Arrive back at institution or airport when required|