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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Adaptations program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde.

Wallumedegal Country

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Bus access

Supply bus driver with Field of Mars Reserve bus information

No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.


2023 DoE $24 per student - GST free

2023 Non-gov school cost $34 per student - GST free, minimum charge $600

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


Students will be outdoors most of the day, walking 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, mask.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform.


Preparing for an excursion

Bin access

All student waste to be taken home by students.

Parent/carer helpers

Optional one or two parents per class, no siblings. Closed shoes essential.

Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

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 for up to four classes


Classes A, B, C, D

9.45 - 10.30

Introduction, recess and toilets

10.30 - 11.00

Adaptations lab

11.00 - 1.00

Adaptations bushwalk

1.00 - 1:30

Lunch and toilets

1.30 - 2.00

Adaptations game

2.00 - 2:15 Pack up, toilets and depart

Learning activities 

Students will learn about structural and behavioural adaptations of Australian plants and animals through a range of hands-on activities. They will investigate adaptations in an adaptations lab, investigate the adaptations of plants and animals on a bushwalk and discover some of the behavioural adaptations of Australian animals during an active game.

Inquiry question

  • How do the structural and behavioural features of living things support survival?


Adaptations lab 

Students will be introduced to the concepts of structural and behavioural adaptations using Australian examples in a lab style display that will be accessible throughout the day. 


Adaptations bushwalk

Students will explore the Field of Mars Reserve looking for different structural and behavioural adaptations of native plants and animals. 

Predator-prey blindfold game 

Through play, students will explore how animals behave to survive in an environment. Students will be blindfolded in a game of predator prey where they must find their food source or avoid being eaten using senses other than sight.

Syllabus outcomes and content 

Science and Technology K-6 Syllabus (2017)


A student:

  • examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things ST3-4LW-S 


Adaptations of living things


  • describe adaptations as existing structures or behaviours that enable living things to survive in their environment

  • describe the structural and/or behavioural features of some native Australian animals and plants and why they are considered to be adaptations


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