Outline of Activities

Outline of activities students will be doing in the week
Given the close proximity of TAS to world heritage national parks and coastal marine parks, the Year 9 Environmentalism week will be spent in Coffs Harbour and the surrounds to investigate different ecosystems and environmental issues in the area.

Throughout the days, students will be rotating through a variety of different activities related to ecosystems at risk with experts guiding a greater level of understanding.

Core Environmental Activities

 Small Group Rotation Activities

  1. Mangrove Ecosystems
    In this activity students explore the ecology of mangrove ecosystems and gain an appreciation for the diversity of life which they possess. Students will examine the varying characteristics and adaptations that these life forms possess and will study whole ecosystem to identify both positive and negative links between the study sites and adjacent ecosystems.
  1. Marine Taxonomy – Lab Study
    In this activity students work collaboratively to observe and classify a range of marine organisms and develop simple classification keys by recording physical characteristics of a variety of marine species through illustrated diagrams and live specimens. Students learn to make links between organism structure and function and lifestyle characteristics.
  1. Rocky Shores Ecosystems – Field Study
    Within this activity students explore the ecology of coastal rocky shore ecosystems and gain an appreciation for the diversity of life on rocky shores. They examine the varying characteristics and adaptations that these life forms possess. Students will identify organisms which inhabit rocky shorelines and categorise them into a number of general ecosystems zones.
  1. Coastal Walk
    Waves, wind and currents shape our beaches every day and is one of the most rapidly changing physical environments on Earth. Many people utilise the coast for a wide array of purposes profoundly affecting this environment. In this activity students will investigate the strong links between society and coastal change and gain a better understanding of this environment and what causes it to change its state. Students will gain this understanding through practical and theoretical experience.

Large Group Rotation Activities

  1. National Parks

    Dorrigo National Park
    Dorrigo National Park is part of the Gondwana World Heritage Area and contains a range if forest types and ecosystems that have been millions of years in the making. Students will examine how rainforests are affected by climate change and human interactions.

Bongil Bongil National Park
The rainforest of Bongil Bongil National Park on the Coffs Coast is the location for the students to experience bush tucker and explore the park with all it has to offer.

  1. Aquatic Life
    Muttonbird Island
    Students will explore Muttonbird Island from the indigenous perspective.

Dolphin Marine Centre
Specialised conservation talk focussed on our animals and the rescue and rehabilitation that occurs at this marine research centre