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Human-environment interactions - Study 3: Climate change - program

Teacher checklist



Wallumedegal Country

Meeting point Meadowbank train station
Public transport

Arrive: Meadowbank train station

Depart: Meadowbank train station


DoE $25 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $35 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700

Risk assessment 

Meadowbank risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


Participants will be walking in urban areas. 

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.

Toilets are available in limited locations throughout the walk.


Writing materials, mobile device for audiovisual recording, medications, two water bottles, sunblock, hat and raincoat in a backpack. Sports uniform recommended. 

Although there are shops available it is suggested students bring a low waste, nutritious lunch.

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Worksheet The worksheet is available for view at the time of booking.
Supporting resources

Fieldwork techniques

Fact sheets

Bin access All student waste to be taken home by students.
Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

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 four school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable



9.30 - 10.00

Arrival and introduction at Meadowbank train station  

10.00 - 11.00

Measuring urban 'hot spots' 

11.00 - 12.30

Measuring urban 'cool spots'

12.30 - 1.00

Lunch at Memorial Park, Meadowbank
1.00 - 2.00 Urban heat island mitigation strategies and assessment
2.00 - 2.30 Conclusion and depart

Learning activities

A citizen science project 

Students will engage in the Cool Places Cool Spaces citizen science project being developed by City of Ryde Council in partnership with Field of Mars EEC, Macquarie University and The University of New South Wales.

This is an exciting opportunity for students to play a key role in how the City of Ryde is planning for resilient town centres and communities. To be involved in how local government and communities can mitigate and adapt to local climate change impacts. 

Fieldwork preparation

The Field of Mars EEC will provide a lesson sequence to introduce students to the citizen science project, its purpose and targets and the participating organisations. They will be introduced to the concepts of the urban heat island (UHI) effect, the factors that contribute to it, the challenges and the strategies that will shape future cities and build resilience for communities and the environment (in development). 


On arrival students will engage in experiential activities to elicit an emotional response to the study site. Initial observations and predictions about urban heat will provide an inquiry for the day's fieldwork. 

Students will be introduced to the fieldwork instruments used to monitor urban heat and the factors that contribute to the urban heat island effect. Instruments include thermometers, infrared thermometers, thermal heat cameras, anemometer, hygrometers, light metres and moisture metres. Ways of recording qualitative and quantitative data from observations will also be demonstrated.  

Task 1 - Student driven inquiry

Students will use instruments and observations to measure the abiotic and biotic conditions of recognised 'hot spots' and 'cool spots'. Results will provide conclusions on the factors that contribute to and mitigate for urban heat. 

Task 2 - Building the data base for urban heat

Students will mesure abiotic and biotic factors in a number of locations to add the urban heat spatial database. The locations will provide a ‘before and after’ urban renewal comparison. Results will indicate the level of success achieved by council in meeting urban heat mitigation strategic targets. 

Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography 11–12 Syllabus (2022) 


A student:

examines places, environments and natural and human phenomena, for their characteristics, spatial patterns, interactions and changes over time GE-11-01

explains geographical opportunities and challenges, and varying perspectives and responses GE-11-03

assesses responses and management strategies, at a range of scales, for sustainability GE-11-04

analyses and synthesises relevant geographical information from a variety of sources GE-11-05

identifies geographical methods used in geographical inquiry and their relevance in the contemporary world GE-11-06

applies geographical inquiry skills and tools, including spatial technologies, fieldwork, and ethical practices, to investigate places and environments GE-11-07

applies mathematical ideas and techniques to analyse geographical data GE-11-08

communicates and applies geographical understanding, using geographical knowledge, concepts, terms and tools, in appropriate forms GE-11-09

Geography 11–12 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2022