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What's growling in the wetland?

Ecolinc
Full Day
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Year Levels

Reduce, reuse, recycle (F-2)

Ecolinc
Full Day

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.

Exploring wetland ecosystems

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. 

Indigenous plants

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

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

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

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.   


Learning Intentions

In this activity students will:

Minibeasts

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

Minibeasts live in the Ecolinc wetland and surrounds grassland. 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

Ecolinc
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

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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