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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Campaign program

Teacher checklist


Field of Mars Reserve, 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 $24 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $34 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700

Term 1 - Catholic school Weeks 3 to 7 cost = DoE cost - GST free, minimum charge $700

Risk assessment

Field of Mars Reserve 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.

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

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

Bin access

All student waste to be taken home by students.

Parent/carer helpers

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

Medical or special needs

Notify EEC 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 four school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable for up to three classes


Classes A, B, C

9.45 - 10.30


10.30 - 10.45

Recess and toilets

10.45 - 11.30

Planning walk and storyboarding

11.30 - 1.00

Filming with working lunch

1.00 - 1.30


1.30 - 2.00 Campaign showcase
2.00 - 2.15 Pack up and depart

Learning activities

Campaigns use powerful persuasive texts to captivate and influence their target audiences. Students will learn how to create appealing video imagery, sound and persuasive words to inspire, motivate and educate. Students will create a sustainability or nature-based video campaign to encourage connections to nature focusing on the bushland found at the Field of Mars Reserve. 


Students will be introduced to design methodology for creating an engaging text and video based campaign. Students will deconstruct an existing environmental campaign and learn how the creator's perspective and purpose is communicated through the use of camera work, composition, editing, sound and persuasive language.  



On a walk through the reserve students will brainstorm campaign ideas, scout filming locations and develop a word bank of persuasive language. Students will work in pairs to storyboard ideas for a digital campaign.


iPads and tripods will be taken outside to record footage in multiple locations using a variety of camera angles for an engaging campaign.

Post production


During this session the students will review, sequence and edit their footage recorded in the field. Students will use iMovie or Clips on an iPad to edit their campaigns. Text and soundtracks will also be added to their film to create a persuasive campaign. 

Campaign showcase

Students will have an opportunity at the end of the day to share their campaigns on the big screen with the rest of their peers. 

Optional pre-excursion activities 

Campaign examples

Ask the students to describe a campaign. View examples of environmental campaigns such as Together Possible and We Are All Connected by the World Wildlife Fund and Nature is Speaking by Conservation International. Develop a word bank of words used in campaigns to persuade the audience. 

Filmmaking techniques

All filmmakers use a range of filming techniques to make their campaigns interesting. These techniques include the style of camera shots, camera angles, persuasive language and music. View the videos on filmmaking with a handheld device on YouTube and tips to using different camera angles and shots. Identify the shots and camera angles using the Filmmaking techniques PDF.

A range of videos are available on the Field of Mars website to assist students in preparing for filming.  The videos were created for our Documentary program however the information is relevant for campaign making.

Syllabus outcomes and content

English K-10 syllabus 2022


A student:

  • extends Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary through interacting, wide reading and writing, morphological analysis and generating precise definitions for specific contexts EN3-VOCAB-0
  • analyses representations of ideas in literature through genre and theme that reflect perspective and context, argument and authority, and adapts these representations when creating texts EN3-UARL-02


Vocabulary – Learning and using words

  • Identify and use words that convey subjective, emotive and persuasive meanings in texts

Perspective and context

  • Identify how perspective is made evident through authorial choices
  • Explore how perspective is influenced by personal, social and cultural contexts

Other syllabus links

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

Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015)

A diverse and connected world

English K–10 Syllabus © 2022 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales.

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