Sustainable Biomes (Rainforest Experience)

Geography

Syllabus Outcomes GE5-1 | GE5-2 | GE5-3 | GE5-5 | GE5-7 | GE5-8

Transport Walking Grade Excursion

$19.50

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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About

Travel to Sydney’s only rainforest! Australia’s coastal rainforests are some of the most scenic and ecologically diverse habitats the world has to offer. Join our experienced Rangers as they immerse students within the lush Bola Creek Rainforest to gain a deeper understanding about the world of biomes!

Surrounded by pristine vegetation and running creeks, students will identify the main characteristics that differentiate the world’s biomes, analyse how people use and alter biomes for food production and discuss how the world’s biomes sustainably feed the world’s population. Through a range of bug catching, fishing and bio-indicator fieldwork, students will investigate the distribution and physical characteristics of biomes and discuss sustainability strategies to minimise environmental impacts.

While addressing a range of inquiry questions, students will actively engage in hands-on fieldwork throughout this ‘Sustainable Biomes’ experience. Students will have opportunities to use an array of geographical tools including quadrats, maps, graphs, statistics, images, anemometers and temperature gauges.

From a guided rainforest walk to bug catching and dip net fishing – your students will never forget this informative and hands-on adventure in the rainforest!

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Syllabus Outcomes Addressed

GE5-1 explains the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments
GE5-2 explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments
GE5-3 analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments
GE5-5 assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability
GE5-7 acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry
GE5-8 communicates geographical information using a variety of strategies

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Arrive/Depart

Full Day Excursion (4 Hours) 10am – 2pm

Time allocation for excursions can be tailored and adjusted to suit your individual school timetable and scheduling.

Bus Drop Off / Pick Up Location

Bus Drop Off Location
10am in the first car park on the right once you drive over Audley Weir Bridge (Bus to wait here until 11am when students will load back onto the bus to follow Ranger vehicle to Bola Creek Rainforest).

Bus Pick Up Location
2pm from Forest Path ROYAL NATIONAL PARK (Cnr of Sir Bertram Stevens Dr and Lady Carrington Dr ROYAL NATIONAL PARK

Transport

Leave it all with us! Whilst you are welcome to organise your own transport to and from our adventures, alternatively you can book with our Ranger Jamie buses or coaches. Ask us for a transport quote and we can take care of everything!

Please note, all coaches include seatbelts for students however, buses do not.

What's Included

Written Work Booklet Provided Completed Risk Assessment

Syllabus Content Focus

Key inquiry questions answered

  • What are the main characteristics that differentiate the world’s biomes?
  • How do people use and alter biomes for food production?
  • Can the world’s biomes sustainably feed the world’s population?
  • What strategies can be used to increase global food security?

Biomes
Students:

  • investigate the distribution and physical characteristics of biomes, for example: (ACHGK060)
    • examination of the spatial distribution of biomes
    • identification of biomes used to produce food, industrial materials and fibres
    • explanation of the impact of the climate, soils and vegetation of a biome on its productivity

Changing biomes
Students:

  • investigate the human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres and the environmental effects of these alterations, for example: (ACHGK061)
    • examination of human alterations to the physical characteristics of biomes eg vegetation removal, agriculture, land terracing, irrigation, mining
    • assessment of environmental impacts of human alterations to biomes eg habitat and biodiversity loss, water pollution, salinity
    • discussion of successful sustainability strategies that minimise environmental impacts

Biomes produce food
Students:

  • investigate environmental, economic and technological factors that influence agricultural yields in Australia and across the world, for example: (ACHGK062)
    • examination of how environmental factors influence agricultural yields eg temperature, water availability, soil, topography
    • discussion of economic factors affecting agricultural yields eg global trade, commercialisation of agriculture
    • explanation of how technology is used to increase agricultural yields eg innovations and advancements in farming practices

Challenges to food production
Students:

  • investigate environmental challenges to food production for Australia and other areas of the world, for example: (ACHGK063)
    • description of the impact of water scarcity and pollution on food production
    • discussion of the impact of land degradation and competing land uses on food production eg urban expansion, biofuel production
    • assessment of the extent to which climate change can affect the capacity of countries to increase food production

Food security
Students:

  • investigate the capacity of the world’s biomes to achieve sustainable food security for Australia and the world, for example: (ACHGK064)
    • assessment of the capacity of biomes to produce food into the future
    • analysis of population projections to predict future demand for food
    • examination of sustainable practices used to achieve food security
    • discussion of the potential for Australia to contribute to global food security

Day Outline

Excursion Duration (10am – 2pm)
10am Arrival

Arrival / Morning Tea / Toilet Break – Audley Picnic Area (Royal National Park)
(approx. 15 minutes)
Introductory Presentation
10am – 10:30am
The day kicks off with a meet and greet with our enthusiastic Rangers before enjoying an interactive and engaging presentation at Audley. Teachers to distribute work booklets to students (approx. 15 minutes)
All students and teachers to hop back on bus and drive 15mins down the road to the start of our rainforest adventure to Bola Creek Rainforest – Royal National Park
Activity
10:50am – 11:10pm
Students participate on guided walk into the rainforest stopping intermittently discussing and responding to questions in the work booklet.
Activity
11:15am – 12:00pm
Dip-net fishing in rainforest fresh water creek for macro-invertebrates to assess health of rainforest ecosystem.
12pm – 12:25pm
Lunch in rainforest

(approx. 25 minutes)
Activity
12:25pm – 1:00pm
Mini beast quadrat biological assessment on rainforest floor.
Activity
1:15pm – 1:40pm
Rainforest guided bush walk alongside rainforest freshwater creek.
1:45pm – 2pm
Walk back to the bus / Wrap Up / Conclusion

(approx. 15 minutes)
2pm Depart on bus back to school

Activities

Booklet Activities include:
A student activity booklet is written and provided by Ranger Jamie Tours. A PDF version of this booklet will be made available to you upon your booking confirmation, for you to distribute in soft and/or hard copy to your students depending on your preference.

Booklet content will have students:

  • Explore the different types and characteristics of biomes
  • Examine first-hand human alterations and environmental effects to biomes
  • Discuss economic and technological factors that influence global biomes
  • Assessing environmental quality of biomes
  • On a guided rainforest walk students will Investigate environment challenges to food production for Australia and compare to Asia
  • Students will assess the capacity of biomes to produce food into the future
  • Making field sketches
  • Quadrant assessment surveys on bio-indicators
  • Dip net fishing
  • Invertebrate bug catching
  • Analysing photographs
  • Map reading
  • Interpreting graphs and statistics
  • Visual representations
  • Spatial technologies
  • Mind maps

Locations

Bola Creek Rainforest – Royal National Park – TOP PICK

Our Sustainable Biomes excursion is also available at;

$19.50

All parents and teachers can attend for no additional cost.

+GST. As this program is an educational service, all GST charged can be reimbursed in its entirety by the Government. This price excludes transport. (Minimum charge of x35 students).

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Please note this will be an additional cost to the excursion price and a seperate quote will be provided to you.

Please note this is a tentative booking. After your booking request is submitted, we will be in touch via email to confirm the requested date and arrange the final details for the booking.

Title Address Description
Bola Creek Rainforest
Bola Creek, Royal National Park NSW 2233, Australia