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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Watch it grow program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde

Wallumedegal Country

Google maps - Apple maps

Bus access

Supply bus driver with Field of Mars Reserve bus information

No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.


DoE $22 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $32 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track


Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.


Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.


Preparing for an excursion

Supporting resources

Student activites

Phasmids - available free from Apple Books

Bin access

All student waste to be taken home by students.

Parent/carer helpers

Optional one parent per class, no siblings. Closed shoes essential.

Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Sick students or adults to stay at home.

Extreme or wet weather

Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 


Cancellations with less than three school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather, fire danger or COVID-19 restrictions.

Suggested timetable

The suggested timetable is suitable for up to four classses.


Classes A, B

Classes C, D

9.45 - 10.30

Introduction, recess and toilets

Introduction, recess and toilets

10.30 - 12.00


Invertebrate investigation 

Build a phasmid

12.00 - 12.30



12.30 - 2.00

Invertebrate investigation

Build a phasmid


2.00 - 2.15

Pack up, toilets and depart

Pack up, toilets and depart

Learning activities

Students will learn about the features of plants and animals and the different stages they go through as they grow and change.

Inquiry question

  • How are adults similar to or different to their offspring?



The bushwalk will traverse several environments. Along the way students will undertake a variety of sensory activities to observe the different stages plants and animals go through as they grow and change. Some plants and animals will only be found in one or two life stages so visual props will also be used.

Invertebrate investigation

Students will work in small groups to search for and collect leaf litter invertebrates in the gardens around the education centre. Collected specimens will then be examined and identified using magnifiers and ID charts. Some will be magnified onto the IWB and their life stage and features explained.

Build a phasmid 

The session will be introduced with leaf insects from the centre’s collection and their various life stages shown and explained. Students will then choose a stage of growth of a leaf insect and work individually to create it from pipe cleaners and found materials.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Science and technology K-6 Syllabus (2017) 


A student:

  • observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas ST1-1WS-S 
  • describes observable features of living things and their environments ST1-4LW-S 


External features of living things


  • describe the external features of a variety of living things

Living things change


  • explore how living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017