Secondary Excursions

All programs and activities support the DoE Environmental Education Policy and outcomes contained within the NSW BOSTES syllabuses.

Our programs are designed in consultation with you. They can be used to support your existing curriculum units including. Examples of programs are provided below.

Please check the Booking Calendar for available dates.

To make a booking complete the Program Booking Form on the Booking Calendar page.  Please refer to the FAQ page before you attempt to make a booking.

Field of Mars EEC now accepts bookings from Non-Government schools for Stage 6 programs. Bookings are limited to 10 Nov-Goverment Schools per term. 

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Science – New

Plant Systems
Stage 4 and 5

What grows where and why?

This excursion focusses on the Living world strand of the syllabus, specifically content to do with plant structures and ecosystems.

In the field students get hands-on with a variety of methods and equipment to measure the abiotic and biotic factors of two study sites. They record their data, construct a detailed profile diagram and explain the differences in their results observed between the two sites. Results are then related to the effects of different landforms, climate, bushfire, drought and nearby human impacts.

Students are also engaged in a creative digital communication task which sees them developing an engaging digital text or video that details the structure, adaptations and habitat value of a native plants growing at Field of Mars Reserve. These multimodal digital texts and videos will be saved to a dropbox folder and be available for viewing back at school.

The Field of Mars EEC site has a maximum capacity of 100 students. Schools wishing to bring more than 100 students need to get in touch well in advance to have a chance of booking a second excursion site on the same day.

DOE School Cost: $18

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

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Maths

Natural numbers
Stages 4 & 5

The eucalyptus woodlands and mangrove wetlands of the Buffalo Creek area offer a great venue for applied hands-on outdoor mathematics. The excursion program incorporates practical maths activities such as geometry, number plane co-ordinates, trigonometry, area and volume, basic formulae, mapping, bearings and statistics. Each fieldwork activity has been set up as a simulation of the work performed by park rangers and other natural resource managers. Students use a variety of physical and digital tools and methods to work towards solutions.

After the data has been collected and practical solutions calculated students record a series of videos to their iPad where they make sense of the setting, scenario, methods, tools and outcomes. These videos are shared with the school so teachers (and students) can critique their own process skills in the working mathematically strand.

Field of Mars can combine some of these activities into a rich assessment task that works at the appropriate level for your students. For best results we will need to see your school’s programs.

Natural Numbers Sample Worksheet

Natural Numbers Sample Program

DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

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Biology and Senior Science

A Local Ecosystem
Stage 6

A day of fieldwork activities based on abundance, distribution and adaptations.
Students plan and perform practical investigations of the distribution of plants along a transect in sclerophyll woodland and relative abundance of specific species in mangroves using quadrats. As part of their investigation students also measure some of the abiotic factors in these areas and relate them to the vegetative distribution. They also observe and infer adaptations of plants and animals and record examples of interactions between organisms in these ecosystems.

Pre excursion support is provided through resources available on this website or via a comprehensive course on iTunes U.

DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

When selecting excursion dates please avoid days with a high tide between 11am and 1pm.

Biology Worksheet

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A Local Ecosystem Links page

Download on iTunes

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Other programs available by request

Ecosystems at Risk
HSC Geography

A case study focussing on the functioning, management and protection of the Turpentine-Ironbark Margin Forest at Field of Mars Reserve.

Maintaining a Balance
HSC Biology

A half day excursion (best combined with other fieldwork) that covers the challenge of enantiostatsis in the mangrove ecosystem.

Marine and Aquaculture Studies

Stage 4-5 Technological and Applied Studies

Hands-on activities relating to marine and estuarine habitats, adaptations, human impacts, food webs, tide cycles. All in the context of a the duties of a national park ranger or marine park manager.

Grime Scene Investigation
Stage 4 Science

This Year 8 Science
 program involves student-directed investigations into the local environment and relevant environmental management issues set on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour.

Earth and Environmental Studies
Environments through Time

DOE School Cost: $18-$20 per student (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

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Earth and Environmental Science

Introduced Species and the Australian Environment – HSC Course – Option 9.5
Stage 6

Out in the field Stage 6
 Students will examine and explain how introduced species have altered the biotic and abiotic characteristics of the Strangers Creek bank vegetation.

Students perform a first hand investigation of the non-indigenous species of plants and animals of the Field of Mars Reserve. They collect primary and secondary information that allows them to account for the presence and distribution of several introduced species. This investigation is then extended into an analysis of the impacts of, and control strategies for, these species, for example, the Modified Bradley Method of bush regeneration, fox baiting and stormwater control.
The Strangers Creek Stormwater Rehabilitation Plan is visited as a part of a management case study.

This excursion can be adapted to fit your assessment needs.

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DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

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Earth and Environmental Science

The Local Environment
Stage 6

This Stage 6 Science
 program involves student-directed investigations into the local environment and relevant environmental management issues.

During the day the students rotate through four fieldwork activities and one interview session that will furnish them with qualitative observations, quantitative data, historical information and expert knowledge/insight about the state of Field of Mars flora and fauna reserve.

Investigations include human impacts, terrestrial ecology, water quality testing and aquatic ecology around Field of Mars Reserve

As part of their investigation students also identify data, gather, process and analyse first-hand information (biotic and abiotic factors) and use available evidence to assess current human impact on the areas and relate this to the vegetative distribution. Archival aerial photography is used to infer changes in vegetation cover, plant and animal diversity and abundance, as well as water flow and quality in the study area over the last fifty years.

The fieldwork also includes a study of two local species (flora and fauna) that relates their distribution to specific habitat requirements focussing in particular on how the geology of the area has informed this.

This excursion can be adapted to fit your assessment needs.

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DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

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Visual Arts

Observational drawing
Stage 5

Led by a specialist art teacher, students will be introduced to the world of observation drawing. Working in a bushland setting, students undertake a range of observation drawing tasks, including the creation of a large landscape artwork. A variety of media and techniques will be used throughout the day.

DOE School Cost: $25 per student. Includes all art materials and media. (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

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Geography

Biophysical Interactions
Stage 6

Students work collaboratively to collect data from primary sources in several locations in the Field of Mars Reserve.

In this program students will examine the key biophysical processes and interactions involved in a forest ecosystem. They take measurements relating to the atmosphere and lithosphere, state vegetation structure, record plant variety and distribution along a transect through a fire affected and fire excluded area, observe animal evidence within a quadrat and consider issues posed by feral species.

A site survey and water quality analysis is conducted with a study of the health of a waterway, assessing current and potential impacts, problems and management responses. Students use geographic skills to interpret a topographic map. They identify land uses and impacts using aerial photographs, maps and field observations.

DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)

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Geography

Issues in Australian Environments
Stage 5

Students work collaboratively to collect data from primary and secondary sources in several locations around the investigation area. Groups rotate through a range of activity stations investigating geographic issues surrounding the sustainable management of remnant areas of bushland in urban settings.

Activities include studies of terrestrial invertebrate diversity, water quality and introduced plant and animal surveys. This program can be run as a prescribed set of worksheet activities focussing on the gathering and evaluation of relevant geographical information through the use of appropriate geographical tools. Alternatively it can be run as a more open-ended experience for students who are developing and executing their own research action plans.

DOE School Cost: $18 per student (GST free)

Non Gov School Cost: $28 per student (GST free, minimum charge $550)