Landscapes and Landforms  NEW

Stage 4 Geography

The Ku-rin-gai Chase National Park of northern Sydney includes both natural and human landscapes.

During the day, students will identify and describe the features of the dominant riverine landscape, investigate the human landscape including how the how the area is currently used, how it is valued by different groups and the impacts of changes over time on the landscape. This fieldwork program is offered at both Kalkari/Birrwanna TrackKu-ring-gai Chase National Park West Head and Muogamarra Nature Reserve (terms 2 and 3 only).

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Investigating the Environment

Stage 4 Geography

The study of geography entails the development of a range of skills required to help understand the world around. This includes utilising a range of geographical tools. During the day, students will be introduced to the nature of geographical inquiry and the practical use of these geographical tools. Through investigating sites within the National Park, the students will gain a deeper understanding of both the physical and human elements of the environment and also how indigenous people interacted sustainably with their immediate environment. This fieldwork program is offered at both Kalkari/Birrwanna Track or Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park West Head.

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Ecosystems Under Investigation

Stage 4 Science

Scientists undertake a variety of investigations to collect data when assessing the health of the environment. This data is important to monitor trends which may indicate that the ecosystem is out of balance and there is the need for further investigation.

During the day, the students will undertake a variety of activities that will assist them to understand the health of the estuary at Bobbin Head and the techniques scientists use when monitoring the environment.

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Plant Systems

Stage 4 Science

During the full day program, the students will work scientifically to study three distinctive vegetation types at Bobbin Head to answer the Key Question: What factors influence the different plant communities across landscapes?

Working collaboratively in small groups the students will use scientific equipment to collect data on the biotic and abiotic features of the identified vegetation communities to compare important features of each site.

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Plant Systems

Stage 5 Science

During the full day program, the students will work scientifically to study three distinctive vegetation types at Bobbin Head to answer the Key Question: What factors influence the different plant communities across landscapes?

Working collaboratively in small groups the students will use scientific equipment to collect data on the biotic and abiotic features of the identified vegetation communities to compare important features of each site.

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Investigating Australia’s Physical Environment

Stage 5 Geography

The focus of the day is to investigate the environmental features of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The day commences at the Kalkari Visitors Centre and proceeds for a bush walk down the Kalkari/Birrwanna Track to Bobbin Head. Along the way, students will have an opportunity to explore and learn about the distinctive native flora and fauna of the area, the impact and management of introduced species and how the local Aboriginal people lived with the land for thousands of years.

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Issues in Australian Environments

Stage 5 Geography

NSGirls2015fThe focus of the day is to investigate the environmental features and human impacts in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at Bobbin Head.

During the day the students will rotate through three activities that examine issues related to tourism, catchment and National Park management.

Working collaboratively in small groups the students will also use mapping skills to identify location, and complete a line drawing to identify management issues.

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Ecosystem Dynamics  NEW

Stage 6 Biology and Depth Study

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The mangroves at Bobbin Head  provide an interesting case study for students to investigate the biotic and abiotic relationships of such a dynamic ecosystem and to use this as a springboard to understanding the potential impact of climate change on mangroves in river valleys. The day centres on answering the following inquiry questions:

  1. What effect can one species have on the other species in a community?
  2. How do adaptations increase the organism’s ability to survive?
  3. How can human activity impact on an ecosystem?

NOTE: There is pre and post visit work for schools/students wanting to complete this as a depth study.

This program is also supported with the following student resource site.

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Biophysical Interactions

Stage 6 Geography

Envirothon_2005dStudents will utilise geographical tools to increase their understanding of the nature and functioning of the four components of the biophysical environment by investigating two different vegetation communities: mangroves and dry sclerophyll.

Students will then use what they have learnt to access the environmental impact for a fictitious proposed development of a function centre in the mangrove forest at Bobbin Head 

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