CAREER TASTER PROGRAM
$13 / student
Natural resource planner
Join us for an exciting hands-on outdoor learning experience that will introduce you to the world of environmental science.
You’ll discover the aquatic, bird, animal and plant life that live in and around Herdsman’s Lake. You’ll learn about the adaptations, features and living needs of the organisms within the ecosystem, how they interact together and with us, how they are classified, and how energy flows through these systems. You’ll also get to investigate with fieldwork to collect and analyze data.
This program is designed to give you a taste of what it’s like to work in environmental science. You’ll get to participate in biotic sampling by using scoop-nets to sample macroinvertebrates. You’ll be asked to identify, sort and classify your catches before we put the critters back in the lake.
You’ll also get to participate in abiotic study by testing sites at the lake and drain for pH, turbidity, temperature and salinity (electrical conductivity).
We’ll go for a bird walk to explore the diversity of birds and other creatures around the lake, which will help you develop an overall snapshot of the quality of the lake at that particular time.
We’ll finish with some time in the Wildlife Centre where you can explore our displays.
By the end of this learning experience, students will have had the following environmental science experiences:
Conducted an independent or group investigation of aquatic life at Herdsman Lake
Identified some freshwater macro-invertebrates and discussed their lifecycles, their importance in the wetland food web and described the adaptations that help them survive in their habitat
Explored a Food Chain and learnt about how things depend upon each other to survive
Learnt some ecological terms and concepts
Thought about how their own actions might impact upon this and other wetlands
Had some fun exploring, learning as students experience nature first hand
Duration: 2.5 hours (9.30am-12.00pm or 12.30pm-3.00pm)
Cost: $13 per student (inc GST)
Minimum Charge: $325 (equivalent to 25 students).
Maximum Students: 60
Groups are welcome to use facilities for self-guided activities up to 30mins before or after scheduled sessions FREE
FREE education resources
INCURSION & VIDEO CONFERENCE OPTIONS
Please contact us if you would like to arrange for one of our environmental scientists to visit your school or to arrange a video conference with one of our team in the field.
If you need 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.