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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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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Environmental Change and Management NEW

Stage 5 Geography

Students will conduct a Geographical Inquiry into changes over time in the management and use of the mangrove ecosystem at Bobbin Head. They will acquire, process and communicate Geographical information to answer inquiry questions about Aboriginal,1930s, current and future management of mangrove ecosystems and differing stakeholder perspectives.

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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Environmental Change and Management – Microplastics in Mangroves NEW

Stage 5 Geography

Students will conduct a Geographical Inquiry into contamination of the mangrove ecosystem at Bobbin Head by macro and micro plastics. They will acquire and process primary data through using fieldwork equipment and share data collected with AUSMAP (Australian Microplastic Assessment Project), a citizen science program mapping microplastics in Australian waterways. They will also view an Guringai midden site to understand Aboriginal worldview and management of mangroves.

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Biophysical Interactions UPDATED

Stage 6 Geography

Students 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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NOTE: There is an online resource hub that includes a teacher programming outline and resources for schools/students wanting to complete this as a depth study. Please contact the Centre for more information.

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Ecosystem Dynamics – Southern Brown Bandicoots  NEW

Stage 6 Biology Module 3,4 and Depth Study

To determine the suitability of a site to introduce fox mitigation, scientists must first learn about the animal and then find evidence of the presence of an endangered animal in an area.

During the fieldwork day, students will collect scientific (biotic and abiotic) data to determine which of two potential wildlife camera sites is the more suitable for Southern Brown Bandicoot sampling. 

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NOTE: There is an online resource hub that includes a teacher programming outline and resources for schools/students wanting to complete this as a depth study. Please contact the Centre for more information.


Ecosystem Dynamics – Mangroves  NEW

Stage 6 Biology Module 3,4 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?

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NOTE: There is an online resource hub that includes a teacher programming outline and resources for schools/students wanting to complete this as a depth study. Please contact the Centre for more information.


Human Impacts  NEW

Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science Module 4 and Depth Study

To determine the suitability of a site to introduce fox mitigation, scientists must first find evidence of the presence of an endangered animal.

In the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Parks, National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) officers have a program for fox mitigation to protect the Southern Brown Bandicoot (SBB).

During the fieldwork day, students will collect scientific data of the biotic and abiotic features of the site to determine which of two potential wildlife camera sites is the more suitable for a SBB population.

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NOTE: There is an online resource hub that includes a teacher programming outline and resources for schools/students wanting to complete this as a depth study. Please contact the Centre for more information.