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Experience tailored for: Early to Late Adolescence (typically Yrs 7 to 12)
Water Quality Testing is an ideal practical activity where students
gather their own records of water quality measurements at Herdsman Lake.
Students take pH, temperature, turbidity and salinity (Electrical Conductivity)
measurements of the lake. Sample data is collated and interpreted to give
a snap-shot of the water quality at Herdsman Lake. As an extension activity,
students can take these measurements over a period of time to determine
and analyse seasonal fluctuations in wetland water quality. It is recommended
that this activity is combined with MudnMinibeast
learning experience and the macro-invertebrate samples are collated, analysed
and interpreted as a biological indicator of water quality. The Swamp
Safari learning experience is also recommended to create an outstanding
half- day excursion that assists students in comprehending the complexities
and fragile nature of the wetland ecosystem. Water Quality Testing particularly
targets the Working Scientifically and Life and Living aspects of the Science
Learning Area with a strong emphasis on overarching values of Environmental
and Social/Civic responsibility.
At the end
of this learning experience students will:
Curriculum Frame Work Links
- Have demonstrated
Working Scientifically and be competent in water sampling methods
- Be able to
interpret and discuss water quality measurement data and how humans
effect these measurements.
- Identify the
effect of humans on the wetland water quality and subsequent impact
on living organisms.
- Discuss how
their own actions can improve wetland water quality. The different wetland
ecosystems and describe, compare and contrast wetland habitats.
- Describe and
discuss human impact on an urban wetland and wetland management practices·
Appreciate the fragile nature of our wetlands and be passionate about
native flora and fauna conservation.
Environmental Responsibility; Conservation of the Environment; Social
and Civic Responsibility; Respect and Concern for others and their
Communicating Scientifically, Science in Daily Life, Acting Responsibly,
Science in Society, Life and Living.
Communication, Participation; Place and Space; Natural and Social
Systems; Resources; Active Citizenship
Context: Local biology; Population biology; Conservation
biology: restoration. Investigating and Communicating in Biology;
Biological Interaction and Interdependence; Biological Change and
Equilibria; Biology in Society; Communities & Ecosystems; Individuals
& Species; Working as a Biologist
Context: Environments at Risk; Hazards and Impact Minimisation;
Sustainable Development; Rural and Urban Planning.
Geographical Inquiry; Features of Places; People and Places; Care
of Places; Place and Change; Human influence on sustainability; Geographical
thinking, skills and processes; Place and Change; Human influence
and Communicating; Materials and Processes; Environmental Change;
WA Certificate of Education (WACE) Links:
Biological Sciences: Overview of Course:
Communicating in Biology
Biological Interaction and
Biological Change and
Biology in Society
knowledge and skills
Communities and Ecosystems
Individuals and Species
Working as a Biologist
Local biology: Herdsman Lake,
Enterprise biology: Eco-Tourism
Population biology: Swamp Harrier
E Conservation biology: of Wetlands
Survival biology: Bush - Medicines
Geography: Overview of Course:
Earth and Environmental Science:
Overview of Course:
of Study Outcomes
Features of Places
skills and processes
Environments at Risk:
Movement of People,
Materials and Information:
Hazards and Impact
Rural and Urban Planning
Investigating and Communicating
Materials and Processes
knowledge and skills
in Daily Life
to Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre:
Water Quality Testing (45 min-1 hr with Education Officer).
Recommended it is coupled with Swamp
Safari and MudnMinibeast.
Learning experiences, to create half-day (minimum of 2.5 hrs min)
morning or afternoon excursion.
$9.00/student/Half-Day ( minimum of 30 students).
FREE Teacher Resource pack with worksheets upon booking
1 - 2 classes (30 students minimum - 60 students maximum)
9387 6079 (8.30 am - 4.30 pm)
WA Gould League acknowledges the traditional Nyungar landowners of
Herdsman Lake in providing these
unique Nyungar experiences