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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, 220 Pittwater Road, East Ryde.

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. Non-gov min 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
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.
Watch Preparing for an excursion.
Supporting resources Supporting student activities coming soon
Bin access All student waste to be taken home by students.
Parent/carer helpers Optional one parent per class, no siblings.

Check covid restrictions.
Medical or special needs

Notify EEC 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 or fire danger.

Suggested timetable

The suggested timetable is suitable for up to three classses.



9.45 - 10.30


10.30 - 10.45

Recess and toilets

10.45 - 11.30

Planning work 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

Campaigns program

Campaigns use powerful persuasive texts to captivate and position their target audiences. Students will learn how to create beautiful 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 based on the bushland found at the Field of Mars Reserve. 

Learning activities

Campaign introduction

Students will be introduced to design methodology for creating an engaging text and video based campaign. Students will deconstruct an existing campaign and learn how point of view is shaped in environmental campaigns through the use of digital 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 - Editing

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 

What is a campaign?

Ask the students to describe a campaign. Watch 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. Create 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 video 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.  

These include:

The videos were created for our Documentary program however the information is relevant for campaign making.

Syllabus outcomes and content

NSW English K-10 syllabus

EN3-1A Respond to and compose texts

  • plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis (ACELY1700, ACELY1710) 

EN3-2A Respond to and compose texts

  • compose imaginative and informative texts that show evidence of developed ideas

  • compose texts that include sustained and effective use of persuasive devices, eg texts dealing with environmental issues 

  • compose increasingly complex print, visual, multimodal and digital texts, experimenting with language, design, layout and graphics 

EN3-3A Understand and apply knowledge of language forms and features

  • recognise the effect of multimedia elements, eg film techniques, animation, voice-overs, sound effects, framing, close-ups


Other syllabus links

Learning experiences will also support but not explicitly teach outcomes and content in the Science and Technology K-6 Living World strand. Documentary can all support the communication stage in a geographical inquiry in support of the Geography K-6 syllabus.


Environmental education objectives

Students will develop 

knowledge and understandings about: 

  • the nature and function of ecosystems and how they are interrelated (K1) 

skills in: 

  • communicating environmental problems to others (S3) 

values and attitudes relating to: 

  • a respect for life on Earth (V1)