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Swamp Safari

SwampSafari smallThe Swamp Safari learning experience is ideal for students to use all their senses to bring to life the wonders of a natural wetland ecosystem.   

Swamp Safari integrates many of the Australian Curriculum requirements for F-9 Science, History and Geography. Beyond the real-world science content and scientific skills development, students will also gain an appreciation of the intrinsic and utilitarian value of nature, and learn about the history and cultural significance of Herdsman Lake to the traditional custodians of the land – the Nyungar people.

*This experience is commonly coupled with the MudNMinibeasts (scoop-net macro-invertebrate sampling) learning experience to create an outstanding half- day excursion that guarantees that students will continue to have good conversations about their wildlife adventure long after the event.

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At the end of Swamp Safari, students will have:

• Used all their senses to explore and make observations about plants, animals, the land and water
• Learnt ecological terms and concepts
• Gained an appreciation of the intrinsic and utilitarian value of nature, including the historical and cultural significance of Herdsman Lake to the Nyungar people.

 

Excursion details

Duration: 45 min – 1 hour; with MudNMinibeasts, Half day (morning or afternoon)
Class size: 1 – 2 classes (30 – 60 students). Minimum 10 students.
Cost: $13.00/student inc GST (for half day program)
Teachers/Parents FREE 
FREE Teacher Resource Pack upon booking

If you decide to cancel your environmental program booking, please provide at least 7 days’ notice so we can offer another group the opportunity to visit. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, if you do not provide 7 days’ notice, the minimum booking fee of $150 per class will apply. Schools that do not provide any notice of cancellation and fail to attend on the day, will be charged the full fee, as reflected by their booking for that day.

Resources

UWA Food Web Application

Food Web app

This game app lets you play with feeding relationships between plants and animals unique to Western Australia - including Herdsman Lake itself! Learn about the native flora and fauna and how they interact in a wetland ecosystem. The cane toad is featured as well to demonstrate its effect on feeding relationships. This app is now available FREE from the Apple app store.

Climate Change and Wetlands

Scientists are learning how the Earth’s climate system works through observation, measurement and modeling. Through a series of hands-on biological and environmental learning experiences on the banks of Herdsman Lake, students conduct an investigation to examine human influence on wetland ecology within the context of Climate Change.

At the end of this learning experience students will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage: Students investigate Climate change; discuss what it is, what are greenhouse gases? How does human activity influence greenhouse gases? What greenhouse gases are found in wetlands?
  • Explore: Herdsman Lake wetland, Investigate the wetland food-web on a Swamp Safari. Record lake data on water pH, EC, temperature, water levels and sample macro-invertebrates. Collate classroom data. Present your results as a graph; reflect on the methods used to obtain your data.
  • Explain: Discuss influence of seasons, human activity, and climate. Explore the Swamp Harrier food pyramid; discuss the impact of global warming on Swamp Harrier numbers.
  • Elaborate: Compare and contrast traditional Nyungar land-use with current use in terms of impact on climate change.
  • Evaluate: Discuss your excursion experience. Is there evidence of human impact on Herdsman Lake? Explain. Post-visit: Research how humans may influence climate. What are ways humans can reduce their ecological footprint?