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The Aark

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Background

This is a scenario based program.

Climate change has suddenly kicked in. A cataclysmic climate event has occurred; massive floods are predicted and sea levels are rising.

Seeds from schools

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Background

The Seeds from School project arises from the Seeds from the Streets project that was developed by Victoria University. This project was founded on the identified need for an abundant source of seed that could be used for native grassland restoration projects in the west of Melbourne, without overharvesting from naturally occurring plant populations.

A nurse, a firefighter and a scientist walk into a classroom. A climate conversation.

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Background

United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that greenhouse gas levels are at their highest in 800,000 years. These increases are mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels. The IPCC says time is running out to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

Why do our kids need to know about this?

More minibeasts

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Background

The term ‘minibeasts’ covers a wide range of small animal species including macroinvertebrates found in the Ecolinc wetland and compost minibeasts living in the Ecolinc compost bins.

Sampling and identifying minibeasts provides opportunities for students to observe a range of animal species, features, behaviours, habitat and dietary requirements and interrelationships.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

What’s polluting the Werribee River?

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Background

What’s polluting the Werribee river? In this scenario based program, students will work as a team to investigate the health of the Werribee River. Students will conduct a series of water quality tests and a macroinvertebrate study of 3 sites along the river to identify what is impacting on the health of this important water system. Students will present their findings in the form of a video “press release” outlining their findings and making recommendations on how to improve the quality of the water for the future.

Adaptations for survival

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Background

Plants and animals have adaptations to help them survive in an environment. The Ecolinc stormwater wetland and grassland features an array of native plants and animals that have a range of features and adaptations to survive seasonal changes, human impact and predation.

This program is conducted at Ecolinc and Serendip Sanctuary, Lara. Your bus will need to arrive at Serendip Sanctuary at 9.30am. Your bus will transport students back to Ecolinc, and the program will conclude at 2.30pm from Bacchus Marsh.

Birds of prey

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Background

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, hunt and feed on other animals. These birds are characterized by keen vision that allows them to detect prey during flight and powerful talons and hooked beaks. Eagles, hawks, falcons and owls are some examples of raptors. These animals are characteristically apex predators at the top of the food chain.

This program is only offered on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Maximum number of students for this program is 50 per day.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

Lifecycles

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Background

A life cycle depicts the changes a living thing goes through during its life. In some cases, this process is slow and gradual but in others the process is quick. Mayflies have the shortest life cycle on Earth. Their life only lasts 24 hours, but some species only last a few hours.

Reduce, reuse, recycle (F-2)

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Year Levels

Background

Everyday human activities produce waste in a number of forms. Waste in the form of litter pollutes the land and waterways, while waste disposed as rubbish ends up in landfill which can contaminate groundwater, not to mention the need to find new holes as existing ones quickly fill. The “Three Rs”, namely Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, represent ways of minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

Waste warriors

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Year Levels

Background

The Chasers’ War On Waste was a popular program that aired on the ABC in 2017. Those that choose to join this war must therefore be Waste Warriors.

Everyday human activities produce waste in a number of forms. Waste in the form of litter pollutes the land and waterways, while waste disposed as rubbish ends up in landfill which can contaminate groundwater, not to mention the need to find new holes as existing ones quickly fill. The “Three Rs”, namely Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, represent ways of minimising the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

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