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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Telephone02 9816 1298

Emailfieldofmar-e.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Environmental change and management

Environmental change and management excursion

Geography

This is a Stage 5 fieldwork investigation into the environmental change and management of the riverine/estuarine environments at Blackman Park located on the middle section of the Lane Cove River estuary.

Students will investigate:

  • the biophysical processes essential to the functioning of the estuarine environment
  • the causes, extent and consequences of the environmental change
  • the management of the environmental change

Mangrove communities usually thrive along the banks of the Lane Cove River estuary. However, a small section of mangroves found below Blackman Park has mysteriously died.

What is the cause of this mangrove forest dead zone? To find the answer, students need to investigate the processes required for the normal functioning of the mangrove environment. They then examine the causes, extent and consequences of the mangrove deaths and evaluate the effectiveness of the current management found at the study site.

Students participate in a range of fieldwork activities such as field sketching, measuring abiotic factors and crab abundance surveys. They will also read and interpret satellite images, maps, historical photographs and other graphic representations. It is recommended that students bring a mobile device to take photographs.

Teachers will be provided with teacher notes and the student stimulus booklet at the completion of the fieldwork.

Location

  • Blackman Park 

Track overview

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Program details

  • Maximum 4 classes per day.
  • This program works best with a low tide around 11am.
  • 2020 tides
  • 2021 tides

Program cost

  • DoE school cost is $20 per student - GST free.
  • Non Gov school cost is $30 per student - GST free. Minimum charge $600.

Program resources