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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**New** landscapes and landforms

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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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 Bobbin Head and the techniques scientists use when monitoring the environment.

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PLANT SYSTEMS

STAGE 4,5 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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PLANT SYSTEMS

STAGE 4,5 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 5A1 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 5A3 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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A LOCAL ECOSYSTEM

STAGE 6 BIOLOGY AND SENIOR SCIENCE

IMG_1750A Local Ecosystem is a one-day excursion that centres on a study of the Bobbin Head area with a specific focus on the mangrove ecosystem at the south end of the park. During the day, students will collect data within the mangrove ecosystem. Using transect and quadrat studies, students will measure distribution and abundance of crabs across the intertidal zone and relate this to the abiotic factors. They will also relate abiotic factors to the distribution and abundance of plants across the intertidal zone and observe interactions between organisms in Mangrove ecosystems. This program is also supported with the following student resource site.

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BIOPHYSICAL INTERACTIONS

STAGE 6 GEOGRAPHY 8.2.1

Envirothon_2005dThe day focusses on the Bobbin Head picnic area and surrounding bushland within the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Students will investigate and compare the key biophysical processes at three different vegetation sites, including undertaking physical and chemical tests to understand the nature, functioning and interactions of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Further to this, at each site students will learn about specific human impacts on the functioning of these four components and the current and future issues for those managing the park.

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ECOSYSTEMS AT RISK

STAGE 6 GEOGRAPHY 8.3.1

Mangrove forests grow in tropical and subtropical tidal zones, and they are among the most productive and biologically important ecosystems on the planet. They are also one of the most at risk ecosystems with estimates for the current loss rate for mangrove forests as higher than the loss of inland tropical forests and coal reefs.

In Ecosystems at risk excursion program students will focus on the mangroves at Bobbin Head as a case study to investigate the past, current and future human activities that may threaten this delicate ecosystem, including internal and external influences.

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