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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

Factors that shape places 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 - Field of Mars Reserve bus access.

No bus entry into Field of Mars Reserve.
Cost

DoE $22 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $32 per student - GST free, non-gov minimimum 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 recently been 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 Student activities

Eucalypt Forest Digital Book for iPads and Macs
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

 
This suggested timetable supports up to four classes.

Time

Classes A, B

Classes C, D

9.45 - 10.15

Introduction

Create a catchment 

Introduction

Create a catchment

10.15 - 10.30 Recess Recess
10.30 - 12.00 Investigating Buffalo Creek  Investigating the bushland in the Field of Mars Reserve 
12.00 - 12.30

 Lunch

Lunch
12.30 - 2.00 Investigating the bushland in the Field of Mars Reserve 

Investigating Buffalo Creek 

2.00 - 2.15

Conclusion then depart

Conclusion then depart


Learning activities

Students undertake geographical inquiry in bushland to investigate its features, human influences and natural values.

Inquiry questions

  • What are the geographical features of the Field of Mars Reserve?

  • How is the reserve managed for people, places and the environment?

  • What actions can be undertaken to sustainably manage the Field of Mars Reserve into the future?

Fieldwork

Create a catchment

Students will be introduced to the day's inquiry by creating a natural model of a catchment area. Scenarios that replicate human activites are investigated and impacts observed to develop student knowledge and understanding. 

Waterways investigations

Students will investigate Buffalo Creek, the main waterway that flows through the Field of Mars Reserve. Plant surveys will explore how pollutants have modified the riparian zone and animal surveys will lead students to understand how the health of a waterway supports the needs of aquatic and terrestrial animal species. Chemical and physical water testing will be conducted to assess the water quality of Buffalo Creek.

Bushland investigations

The way people use and value urban bushland sites are key considerations for how they are managed. The Field of Mars Reserve is managed as a wildlife refuge. Students will develop greater understanding in how people influence natural areas through bushland exploration and immersing themselves into the activities people enjoy in the reserve.  

Additional resource - Eucalypt Forest Digital Book for iPads and Macs  


Syllabus outcomes and content

 
Geography K-10 Syllabus (2015)

Outcomes

A student:

  • describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments GE3-1 
  • explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments GE3-2 
  • compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments GE3-3 
  • acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry GE3-4 

Content

Environments shape places

Students:

  • investigate how the natural environment influences people and places

Humans shape places

Students:

  • Investigate how people influence places


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:

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

Content

Students:

  • describe how changing physical conditions in the environment affect the growth and survival of living things


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