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Exploring wetland ecosystems

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Background

Most stormwater run-off after heavy rainfall flows down drains into creeks and rivers, eventually flowing out to sea. The run-off carries with it sediment, organic matter, and pollutants such as litter and nutrients which result from human activity. These reduce water quality and can lead to problems such as algal blooms, poisoning of organisms and entanglement of aquatic species in litter.

Indigenous plants

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Background

Ecolinc is located on land originally inhabited by both the Wurundjeri and Wathawurrung people of the Kulin nation. The Ecolinc wetland features a range of indigenous plants, including plants that were originally utilised by the indigenous people for a number of uses. Various parts of the plant were used for specific purposes, for food, medicine, fibre, tools and weapons.

A plant’s world

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Background

Plants are a living organism. There are over 300,000 species on earth, of which 250,000 produce flowers. Unlike animals, that need to eat already processed food, plants are able to produce their own food through a chemical process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the production of sugars from carbon dioxide, minerals and water, in the presence of sunlight.


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In this activity students will:

Minibeasts

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Background

Minibeasts live in the Ecolinc wetland and grassland surrounds. The term ‘minibeasts’ covers a wide range of small animal species including macroinvertebrates found in the Ecolinc wetland, and compost critters found in the Ecolinc compost bin. Sampling and identifying minibeasts provides opportunities for students to observe a range of animal species, features and behaviours.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

Living in the extremes

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Background

Every organism has a unique habitat within which it lives. This is where the basic needs of the organism, including food, water and shelter, are met. All organisms have a variety of features that enable them to survive in this habitat.


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

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