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Digging up the Diprotodon

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Megafauna are big (mega) animals (fauna). These are animals that lived in Australia up to 100,000 years ago. They were at least 30% larger than any of their extant relatives. There is significant dispute as to whether the megafauna became extinct due to predation by humans or due to climate change.
 

Watching the weather

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Common weather phenomena include wind, cloud, rain, snow, fog and dust storms. Almost all weather phenomena occur in the troposphere (the lower part of the atmosphere). Weather occurs primarily due to air pressure, temperature and moisture differences between one place and another.

Create a nature documentary

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

How healthy is the habitat?

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

The Werribee River starts as a small river in the Wombat State Forest and flows south-east through Ballan, Werribee Gorge and Bacchus Marsh, where it meets the Lerderderg River. The River continues until its waters are held back by the Exford Weir creating the Melton Reservoir. The river becomes tidal at the Werribee Park Mansion, continuing to flow gently to Port Philip Bay. This completes a journey of approximately 110 kilometres.

Exploring grassland ecosystems

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels
Field Trip

Background

In June 2008, the Australian Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Arts listed the natural temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain as a critically endangered ecological community under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation act 1999 (EPBC Act).
 

Be a DNA detective

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Students will be involved in a scenario- based program where they will try and solve 2 cases;  ‘Who is Henry’s father’ and ‘Who broke into the local milk-bar’.  Students will work out the paternity of Henry, the son of a wealthy family whose mother died in childbirth. To do this they will look at both blood types and DNA analysis.
 
DNA is considered the blue print of an organism, coding for proteins that determine the characteristics of that organism. 
 

Wild weather

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Weather affects all living things, including humans, on a daily basis.  Humans have the advantage of being able to control the climate inside buildings, or clothe themselves appropriately for going outdoors, and can also measure the weather and in most instances, predict it into the near future so that weather surprises are minimised.
 

What's under the microscope?

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Cells are the basic unit of living things and have specialised structures and functions. Most cells cannot be seen with the naked eye. Therefore, microscopes are used to study cells.

A stereo microscope is primarily used for viewing relatively large and solid specimens. They have a low magnification power and use two separate eyepieces with two objectives, which provides a three-dimensional image.

Classifying living things

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Wetlands are among the most productive and diverse ecological systems on earth. They support an enormous variety of plants and animals, such as water birds, insects, frogs, crustaceans and invertebrates. Grassy woodlands are another diverse ecosystems which include a number of different plant species, including trees, shrubs and grasses, which provide habitat for a number of animals such as reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates.

Saving energy

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Society relies on energy to survive, regardless of how it is generated our ability to reduce our use of energy is vital as we move into the future.
Saving energy is the term often used to mean reducing our use of energy. In this program students will investigate ways that society has developed to reduce our usage of energy including smart building design, utilization of renewable energy resources, use of low energy appliances and future energy options for transport.

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

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