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 secondary programs. Bookings are limited to 10 Nov-Goverment Schools per term. 

Please note: All program and incursion costs have increased in 2018.

Science

Plant Systems
Stage 4 and 5

What grows where and why?

This excursion focusses on the Living world strand of the syllabus, specifically looking at plant structures and ecosystems.

In the field students conduct a variety of hands-on methods and using 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 and be available for viewing back at school.

This excursion 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.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Plant Systems

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.

Download Program Natural Numbers

Download Natural Numbers Worksheet

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

2019 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Other secondary programs available:

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.
Download Program Ecosystems at Risk

Earth’s resources
Earth and Environmental Science

Case study investigating the processes that create rocks and soils. Can support a depth study.

Science life skills
New Stage 6 Science syllabus

Fieldwork can focus on: Diversity and ecosystems, introduced species or support a depth study Please contact us to discuss your excursion needs

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.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Geography

Environmental Change and Management
Stage 5

This is a 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 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, 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.

When booking your excursion date please choose a day with a low tide around 11am.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Environmental Change and Management

Science

Plant Systems
Stage 4 and 5

What grows where and why?

This excursion focusses on the Living world strand of the syllabus, specifically looking at plant structures and ecosystems.

In the field students conduct a variety of hands-on methods and using 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 and be available for viewing back at school.

This excursion 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.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Plant Systems

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.

Download Program Natural Numbers

Download Natural Numbers Worksheet

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

2019 Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Other secondary programs available:

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.
Download Program Ecosystems at Risk

Earth’s resources
Earth and Environmental Science

Case study investigating the processes that create rocks and soils. Can support a depth study.

Science life skills
New Stage 6 Science syllabus

Fieldwork can focus on: Diversity and ecosystems, introduced species or support a depth study Please contact us to discuss your excursion needs

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.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Biology – Revised for 2019

Biological diversity & Ecosystem dynamics

A day of fieldwork that covers content from syllabus Modules 3 and 4 including:

– case studies of two unique animals, their evolution, adaptations and population changes due to human impacts
– biotic/abiotic comparison of two sites to provide habitat assessment for the above
– hands-on ecological survey methods
– analysis of human impacts and their management

The excursion activities have a strong focus on the new syllabus skills for working scientifically.

In 2019 schools have the option of booking a modified program that features a conventional belt transect activity in the mangrove mudflats, however a low tide is essential.

Depth studies

Teachers can confidently book this excursion to either:
– cover the syllabus module-level content from Modules 3 and 4 and then inspire and inform a subsequent depth study OR
– reinforce their own classwork on Modules 3 and 4 and directly inform and provide the data for their depth study.

Contact us to discuss your assessment needs.

Pre-excursion and depth study support will provided through resources available on this website.

Programming information (Word doc)

Sample assessment task #1 (Word doc)

Sample assessment task #2 (Word doc)

Excursion worksheet

Student resource hub

Excursion visit plan

 

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student
(GST free, minimum charge $600)

Investigating Science – Revised for 2019

Depth study fieldwork and support

A multi-disciplinary fieldwork experience that is flexible to fit your students’ depth study investigation needs.

This adventurous and inspiring fieldwork investigation involves: pre-excursion resources, meaningful planning, hands-on measurement, in-field analysis, expert advice and more.

This fieldwork program also complements the study of all four St 6 science subjects by providing additional opportunities for students to investigate and develop their understanding of scientific concepts, their current and future uses, and their impacts on science and society in the field.

This is a modular fieldwork program that focusses on skills including (but not limited to):

– detailed observation and measurement of phenomena
– identifying the role of variables in the planning and conducting of investigations
– working with quantitative and qualitative data
– deducing cause and effect relationships
– using and comparing digital and analogue technologies
– assessing the potential for error, uncertainty and limitations of data sets
– field processing of data as the first step towards analysis
– language and communication
– reflecting on the use of the new syllabus skills for working scientifically.

Some of the variables that can be sampled at the various fieldwork sites include:

Freshwater sites: pH, turbidity, faecal coliforms, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, phosphates, aquatic organisms.
Forest sites: light intensity, % canopy cover, albedo effect, humidity, wind speed, air temp, soil pH, leaf litter coverage and many more.
Mangroves sites: distribution and abundance of crabs, mangroves and other species, light, tidal flushing and many more.

Contact us to discuss your assessment needs.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student
(GST free, minimum charge $600)

Earth & Environmental Science – 2019

Human impacts & Introduced species

Syllabus Inquiry question: How do introduced species affect the Australian environment and ecosystems?

In 2010 Ryde Council made a focused effort to rehabilitate Strangers Creek in Field of Mars Reserve.
The 3 main goals were:
• to improve the quality of water in the creek,
• control introduced species
• protect endangered ecological communities.

This excursion involves hands-on fieldwork around Strangers Creek. Students will collect data and information to assess whether the council’s management strategies have been successful over time at achieving the 3 main goals outlined above.

Students will also investigate the specific biotic and abiotic effects of several introduced species.

Depth studies

Teachers can confidently book this excursion to either:
– cover the syllabus module-level content from Module 4 and then inspire and inform a subsequent depth study OR
– reinforce their own classwork on Module 4 and directly inform and provide the data for their depth study.

Contact us to discuss your assessment needs.

Pre-excursion and depth study support will be provided through resources available on this website.

Programming information (Word doc)

Sample assessment task #1 (Word doc)

Excursion worksheet

Student resource hub

Excursion visit plan

 

 

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student
(GST free, minimum charge $600)

Other secondary programs available:

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.
Download Program Ecosystems at Risk

Earth’s resources
Earth and Environmental Science

Case study investigating the processes that create rocks and soils. Can support a depth study.

Science life skills
New Stage 6 Science syllabus

Fieldwork can focus on: Diversity and ecosystems, introduced species or support a depth study Please contact us to discuss your excursion needs

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.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Earth and Environmental Science – 2019

Earth’s resources

This
 excursion program involves student-directed investigations into the local environment, the classification and composition of rocks and soils, and relevant environmental management issues.

This excursion is ideal for Term 1 when some EES students often need a little inspiration to make sure they are in the right headspace and ready for the year ahead. It can easily be adapted to fit your student’s learning needs and your own assessment needs.

During the day the students rotate through four fieldwork activities that will furnish them with qualitative observations, quantitative data, historical information and expert knowledge/insight of the lithology and management of the Field of Mars reserve. Investigations include human impacts, soil and rock studies, terrestrial ecology, and an option for water quality testing.

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 lithology and biology of the reserve. 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 can also include 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.

2019 worksheet

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

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 the forest ecosystem. They take measurements relating to the atmosphere and lithosphere, state vegetation structure, record plant variety and consider issues posed by introduced 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.

2019 DOE School Cost: $20

Non Gov School Cost: $30 per student (GST free, minimum charge $600)

Download Program Biophysical Interactions