Ecosystems and Field Study (8-12)

Ecosystems and Field Study (8-12)


Learn about the ecological community of interdependent organisms in an aquatic ecosystem.


    What are the adaptations, features and living needs of the organisms within the ecosystem? How do they interact together and with us? How are they classified? How does the energy flow through these systems? Investigate with fieldwork to collect and analyze data.


    Get your students involved in a hands-on, outdoor learning experience where students discover the aquatic, bird, animal and plant life, which live in and around Herdsman’s Lake.


    We start with a quick lesson on food webs and energy flow, which relate directly to Herdsman Lake’s ecosystem, to create a common understanding.


    Biotic sampling - students are outside using scoop-nets to sample macro invertebrates. They’ll be asked to identify, sort and classify their catches, before we put the critters back in the lake.


    Abiotic Study - Students then test sites at the lake and drain, for pH, Turbidity, Temperature and Salinity (Electrical Conductivity). Students start to a data set.


    Biotic StudyNext we go for a bird walk to explore the diversity of birds and other creatures around the lake, to develop an overall snapshot of the quality of the lake at that particular time.


    We finish with some time in the Wildlife Centre where students can explore our displays.


    By the end of this learning experience, students will have:


    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: 3 hours, Half day (morning or afternoon)


    Class size: 1 – 2 classes (30 – 60 students). Minimum of 10 students.


    Cost: $13.00/student Inc. GST (for a half day program)


    Teachers/Parents FREE


    FREE Teacher Information upon booking


    Cancellation Policy

    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.


    Curriculum links - Science, Cross Curriculum Priority - Sustainability

    Year 8 - ACSSU150

    Year 9 - ACSSU176, ACSIS165

    Year 10 - ACSSU185

Nurturing a passion for nature since 1939.
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T:  (08) 9387 6079


Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre

Cnr Flynn and Selby Streets

Wembley WA 6014

PO Box 2239 Churchlands WA 6018

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