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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Nature's gift program

Teacher checklist


Your school


DoE $16 per student - GST free

Non-gov school $26 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

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan

School preparation If possible provide one extra large learning space, with a screen or projector, for all participating classes for the duration of the day. The space needs to accommodate multiple classes.
Supporting resources

Invertebrate Explorer - available free from Apple Books

Fact sheets

Medical or special needs Notify Field of Mars staff prior to incursion. 

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

The suggested timetable is suitable for up to four classses. Max 64 students per session.
This program works best in two hour blocks. This might require some classes to start recess or lunch early or late.



9.00 - 11.00

Class 1 and 2

11.30 - 1.30

Class 3 and 4

Learning activities 

Art from nature

In the hall or large learning space, students will be introduced to a variety of artists that utilise natural materials to create artworks.  We will explore the different techniques and the use of tools used by artists to provide valuable ways to understand how artworks are made and to offer students a broad repertoire from which to select and in which to develop further skills.

Nature's treasures

Students explore their school grounds looking for and being inspired by natural treasures including leaves, flowers and stones. These materials will be supplemented with additional natural materials brought by the centre. Each student will take photos of the natural materials to create digital specimen's to be used in their artworks.

Imagination workshop

Students will be led on a creative journey learning how to create digital artworks inspired by a variety of artists.

They will use a range of iPad apps to review, edit and enhance photos. They will learn how to use natural materials to create layers of digital imagery. They will use a digital pencil to add drawings to their artworks.

Students will select their favourite artwork to will be printed on A4 photo paper at Field of Mars EEC. These will be delivered to the school with a frame at a later date. Students are responsible for placing artworks into frames.

All artworks will be saved to Google drive for school access. Schools may choose to outsource printing of artworks on mugs, tea towels etc.

Art gallery

Students view selected artworks and discuss the features and techniques used.

Syllabus outcomes and content 

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus (2006)


Stage 1

VAS1.1 Makes artworks in a particular way about experiences of real and imaginary things.

A student:

investigates details of objects, places and spaces and other living things.

  • investigates details of objects, places and spaces and other living things. 

Stage 2

VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter

A student:

  • experiments with techniques in painting, drawing, photography, digital and video to create particular effects to suggest such things as close-ups, middle distance and long distance views, mood and atmosphere, light and dark suited to how subject matter may be interpreted 

Stage 3

VAS3.1 Investigates subject matter in an attempt to represent likenesses of things in the world.

A student:

  • closely observes details of things in the world and seeks to make artworks about these using various techniques such as proportion, perspective, composition, foreshortening 

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2006