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Protecting Our Marine Environment – Unit 1, AOS 2            

  • Unit 1, AOS 2: Environmental Change
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Smiths or Summerlands beach
protecting talk

Through hands on surveying students will help contribute to a national survey on marine debris.

Help our rangers protect iconic marine species such as little penguins, Australian fur seals and short-tailed shearwaters. Discover the effects of pollution on our environment and protect local wildlife by surveying the beach.

Topics Covered:

  • Characteristics and distribution of environmental change
  • Cause and effects of human-induced environmental change
  • Human induced changes that contribute to conservation and remediation of the environment
  • Collect and record data for fieldwork
  • Describe and compare conservation projects

Thermoregulation and Water Balance– Unit 2, AOS 1            

  • Unit 2, AOS 1: Adaptations of Organisms
  • Duration: 3 hours plus travel
  • Location: Penguin Parade, Nobbies Centre, Koala Conservation Centre
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Students will gain an understanding of the diverse needs of Australian animals. Using little penguins, Australian fur seals and koalas as case studies students will investigate the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that relate to thermoregulation and water balance. This program can be used to meet requirement of school assessed course (SAC) work.

Topics covered:

  • Surface Area to Volume ratio
  • Counter-current heat exchange


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Rockpool Quadrats – Unit 2, AOS 2             

  • Unit 2, AOS 2: Dynamic Ecosystems
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Summerlands or Smiths beach
Rockpool quadrat talks

Explore the rocky platform and the amazing creatures that live there with the help of our expert rangers. Perform a quadrat analysis to discover where on the platform the different creatures call home. Investigate the special features, biology and threats facing these animals and plants.

Topics Covered:

  • Components of ecosystems
  • Feeding relationship between organisms; predator/prey, mutualism and symbiosis 
  • Flow of Energy; tropic levels
  • Population dynamics: factors affecting distribution and abundance of organisms.
  • Change to ecosystem including human activities
  • Techniques for monitoring and maintaining ecosystems


Extension activity: Using both Summerlands Beach and Smiths Beach students can make comparisons between two beaches that have different levels of human impact. 


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Bushland Quadrats – Unit 2, AOS 2           

  • Unit 2, AOS 2: Dynamic Ecosystems
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Oswin Roberts Reserve
bushland quadrats talk 

Rangers help students investigate the interactions between the bushland animals and their environment. Through a quadrat analysis along a transect students determine the abundance of flora and fauna. Students will also discuss the human impact on the area and the effect this might have on their results.

Topics Covered:

  • Components of ecosystems
  • Cycling of Matter
  • Flow of Energy; tropic levels
  • Population dynamics: factors affecting distribution and abundance of organisms.
  • Change to ecosystem including human activities
  • Techniques for monitoring and maintaining ecosystems


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Mangrove Transect and Vegetation Profile – Unit 2, AOS 2            

  • Unit 2, AOS 2: Dynamic Ecosystems
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Rhyll Inlet
mangrove talk

Rangers explore ecological topics such as succession and zonation through the investigation of wetland eco-systems. Students collect data of flora and fauna abundance by creating a vegetation profile along a transect. Students will also discuss the human impact on the area and the effect this might have on their results.

Topics Covered:

  • Components of ecosystems
  • Cycling of Matter
  • Population dynamics: factors affecting distribution and abundance of organisms.
  • Change to ecosystem; scope and intensity of regular and irregular changes and succession
  • Techniques for monitoring and maintaining ecosystems


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