Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge  *UPDATED

This excursion complements the Primary Connections unit – Feathers, Fur or Leaves

Program Overview

Students have the opportunity to explore one of the last remaining tracts of an endangered ecological community of plants (ESBS) up at the North Head Sanctuary. Students witness a hanging swamp, virtually untouched bushland and a frog pond where they have the opportunity to observe different habitats of plants and animals. Students participate in games and activities to make the information come alive! They use curiosity and knowledge learned during the excursion to complete tasks and become more informed about the roles and importance of the diversity of flora and fauna in our environment.

Activities/Learning Experiences

  • Learn about living vs. non-living things in an entertaining activity
  • Learn about endangered populations of animals and plants at North Head – long nosed bandicoots, little penguins and Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) plant community
  • Explore different habitats and learn how habitat directly influences the life cycle of living things
  • Look at the life cycle of a Long-nosed bandicoot and learn fun and interesting facts about this endangered critter
  • Learn how plants and bandicoots depend on each other to survive
  • Build your own bandicoot nest
  • Learn about external features and directly observe different features of native plants
  • Create a classification system with real objects using observable features of plants and other natural items
  • Science activity – test the quality of water at the frog pond by dip-netting for aquatic macro invertebrates and work in groups to record results and analyse the data
  • Learn why it’s important to protect endangered plants and animals and what we can do to promote their protection

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Excursion Details

Tour Length:  3.5 hours
$16 per student (minimum of 24 students or $375 per group) – includes all equipment and materials supplied by EcoXplore
We can take up to three groups at one time, for a total of 90 students/day. *Please note there is a maximum of 30 students per environmental educator/guide – this is to ensure quality and to maximise meaningful interaction and participation of the students.
North Head Sanctuary, Manly – click here for map
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