Students explore two different environments at Bournda National Park – one aquatic and one land based.
Students learn how to create a small quadrat (sample area) in a dry environment to explore an area for living things. Students are shown how to safely search for and catch bugs. They then use the minibeasts recording sheet with ID drawings to record the number of different types of minibeasts found. Students then record details of one of these minibeasts using the student worksheet. As it is likely that students will encounter minibeasts at different stages of their life cycles this is a great opportunity to explore this concept. All organisms are returned unharmed to their environment.
Estuary dip netting
Students walk along the edge of Bournda Lagoon or Wallagoot Lake to a suitable location. Using the dip nets students collect specimens by scooping along the lagoon bed.
All contents are emptied into white trays and students sort through specimens found, locating the same species. Students classify into plant and animal groupings. Students then investigate the collected live specimens and complete the classification worksheet.
Students play the role of botanists and name and describe some common plants found in Bournda National Park. The students make detailed and accurate observations of the plants and make drawings of their features. Botanical illustrations by the students can include: drawings of leaves and flowers, leaf rubbings, gum-nut drawings and bark rubbings. Students will explore how the features they are studying relate to the plant’s life cycle. Students and teachers are encouraged to explore our fabulous digital herbarium before and after their visit.
In pairs students build a sand model of one animal they have investigated during the day. Students also construct a suitable model of the habitat required to provide their model animal with its needs. Once complete students walk around to each model and the students who made the model explain what it is and the habitat required.
Students walk along the beach looking for the items listed on an identification sheet that are most frequently found along the shoreline. Students classify items by placing objects into groupings of plant, animal and once alive. Group discussion on the needs of each item that was once living.