Arbury Park Outdoor SchoolArbury Park Outdoor School

Exploring Ecology

In these activities, students explore the connections between local animals and their habitats. Key concepts include: survival needs, adaptations, food chains, interrelationships. 

The learning intentions for each activity can be modified to suit the year levels indicated.

Examples of Australian
Curriculum links
After the Fire After the Fire (3-9)
Students visit an area of stringybark forest burnt in 2013. They observe, discuss and record the effects of bushfire, and plant recovery strategies.

Science                
Yr 4 (ACSSU072)
Yr 5 (ACSSU043)
Yr 6 (ACSHE098)
Geography              
Yr 5 (ACHASSK114)

Animal Survival Animal Survival (R-9)
Students learn about animal adaptations, classification and interrelationships using living and preserved animals in our Ecocentre.
Science
Yr 1 (ACSSU017)
Yr 3 (
ACSSU044)
Yr 5 (
ACSSU043)
Yr 7
(ACSSU111)
Bird Ecology Bird Ecology (R-9)
Students practise the skills of bird watching and identification. They observe bird behaviour and discuss how different species fit into the overall ecology of different habitats. A collection of stuffed bird specimens allows close examination.

Science
Yr 1 (ACSSU017)
Yr 1 (ACSSU211)
Yr 4 (ACSSU073)
Yr 5 (ACSSU043)
Yr 7 (ACSSU111)
Catchment Walk Catchment Walk (4-9)
With the aid of maps and a 3D model, students walk through the school property to experience the features of a catchment. They explore how land use affects drainage and water quality and compare this to their local catchment.

Geography
Yr 5 (ACHASSK090)
Yr 7 (ACHASSK113)
Yr 7 (ACHASSK183)
Freshwater Life Freshwater Life (R-9)
Students collect samples of invertebrates using nets and observe them using magnifiers, microscopes and video camera. They explore feeding relationships, adaptations for survival and habitat requirements of freshwater life. 
 
Science
Found. (ACSSU002)
Yr 1 (
ACSSU017)
Yr 4
(ACSSU073)
Yr 5 (
ACSSU043)
Yr 7 (
ACSSU112)
Looking for Evidence Looking for Evidence (3-9)
Students become "bush detectives" by searching for evidence of animal life in the stringybark forest. Many animals are hard to see due to their behaviour or appearance, but skilled detectives can find evidence of them by careful observation.

Science
Yr 3 (ACSSU211)
Yr 5 (ACSHE021)
Yr 7 (ACSHE081)
Natures Recyclers Natures Recyclers (R-9)
Students search for leaf litter invertebrates and fungi then observe them using magnifiers and microscopes. They learn that nature's recyclers release nutrients from dead plant and animal material and return them to the soil.

Science
Yr 1 (ACSSU211)
Yr 4
(ACSSU072)
Yr 7 (
ACSSU112)
Yr 9 (
ACSSU176)
Weather Trail Weather Trail (5-9)
Students use different devices to measure aspects of the weather in different parts of the school grounds. A trail leads students to investigate how local features can create microclimates.
Mathematics
Yr 4 (ACMMG084)
Yr 5 (ACMSP118)
Science
Yr 5 (ACSIS218)
Yr 6 (ACSHE098)
Web of Life Game Web of Life Game (R-9)
Students play the roles of predator and prey species in a simulation game. To survive they must locate 'food' and 'water' that is hidden in an open woodland area. Students learn about animal behaviour and survival strategies.

Science
Yr 1 (ACSSU211)
Yr 5 (ACSSU043)
Yr 7 (ACSSU112)
Hidden World Hidden World (4-9)
Students explore a 'hidden world', so small that is normally invisible to the naked eye. They collect samples from the local environment to look at under microscopes.
Science
Yr 4 (ACSIS065)
Yr 5 (ACSSU043)
Yr 7 (
ACSIS124)
Yr 8 (
ACSIS139)