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Exploring wetland ecosystems - Serendip Sanctuary

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

A wetland is an ecosystem that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and includes swamps, marshes, flood plains, lakes and bogs. The water itself can be either saltwater, freshwater or brackish. 
 
Wetland water is rich in nutrients, attracting and sustaining many different types of plants and animals, including invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. Wetlands are unique ecosystems that provide food and water, habitat and breeding grounds and places to shelter during drought. 
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Introduction to a plant's world

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Plants are living things that need air, water, soil, and sunlight to live. When they grow their leaves capture light to make energy and their roots find water. 
 

Key Learning Question

How do plants grow and survive?

 

Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

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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.
 
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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.

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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.

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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).

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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. 
 
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Wild weather

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Wild weather can be unpredictable and can affect all living things, including humans, on a daily basis.  Whilst animals and plants have adaptations to withstand wild weather, humans use clothing and other resources to manage the impact of severe weather phenomena.
 
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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.

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