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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Experience Engage Enable

Telephone02 9816 1298

Emailfieldofmar-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Earth's environment - Eucalypt forest program

Teacher checklist

Location

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.

Cost

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

Tracks

View the YouTube track overview videos.

Buffalo Creek track

Doyle and Warada loop track

Strangers Creek loop track

Welfare

Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

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

Bring

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

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.

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Preparing for an excursion

Supporting resources

Student activities

Eucalypt Forest - 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

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

Time

Activity

9.45 - 10.20

Introduction - Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Toilets, recess, equipment bags distributed

10.20 - 1.20

Bushwalk and activities

1.20 - 1.40

Lunch in the Field of Mars Reserve, toilets

1.40 - 2.00

Nature collage concluding activity

2.00 - 2.15  Pack up and depart


Learning activities

Students investigate the natural vegetation and resources of the eucalypt forest and the value of this environment to animals and people.

Inquiry questions

  • What are the geographical features of a eucalypt forest?
  • How does the eucalypt forest provide habitat for native animals?
  • What are some relationships between living things in a eucalypt forest?

Fieldwork

Bushwalk activities

Students will undertake a bushwalk as ‘place detectives’.  Through teacher-led and student-directed activities, students will investigate and record the characteristics of the forest, evidence of animals and their interconnection with the environment. 

Fieldwork tools will include sensory observation, invertebrate hunts and recording through sketching, mapping, watercolour and tallies in their take-home field journal. Students will also work independently guided by task cards catering for a variety of learning styles. Teachers will be encouraged to take photographs for student use back in the classroom.

Nature collage concluding activity

To conclude the day, students will use loose natural materials to recreate the vegetation layers, habitat features and animals of the forest. They will provide a verbal explanation of the forest interconnections.


Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015) 

Outcomes

A student:

  • examines features and characteristics of places and environments GE2-1
  • describes the ways people, places and environments interact GE2-2 
  • acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry GE2-4 

Content

Significance of environments
Students:

  • investigate the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to the environment, animals and people, for example:

    • identification of types of natural vegetation eg forests, grasslands, deserts 

    • explanation of the importance of natural vegetation to animals and the functioning of the environment eg provision of habitats, production of oxygen  

    • discussion of the importance of natural vegetation and natural resources to people

Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach the following outcomes and content.

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017) 

Outcomes

A student:

  • compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things ST2-4LW-S 

Content

Survival of living things

Students:

  • Describe how living things depend on each other and environment to survive

Geography K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2015

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