Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre logo

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Experience Engage Enable

Telephone02 9816 1298

Ecosystems at risk - The Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest

Ecosystems at risk excursion


During this Stage 6 geography excursion students plan and undertake adventurous fieldwork for a case study of the Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest - an endangered ecological community and ‘ecosystem at risk’.

Information and data collected during the fieldwork addresses, or involves: spatial and ecological functioning of the ecosystem, analysis of environmental impact and management reports, identifying stakeholder roles and perceptions, cataloguing of human actions and their associated environmental impacts, identification of environmental stressors and processing these as examples of vulnerability and resilience in the ecosystem and a comparison of traditional and contemporary management practices.

Geographical skills and tools used include:
construction of a scaled cross-section, relating weather observations to MSLP synoptic charts, fieldwork workflow planning, use of geospatial vegetation data overlays, mapping, measurement of environmental factors within the spheres, recording and classification of human impact sites.

Maximum 2 classes per day.


  • Field of Mars Reserve