Discover the Wonders of North Head

From Bugs to Bandicoots: Discover the Wonders of Nature    *UPDATED

This excursion complements the Primary Connections units – Schoolyard Safari and Watch it Grow

Program Overview

Students have the opportunity to explore different habitats, both aquatic and on land, where different creatures live up at the North Head Sanctuary.  Students walk through different environments, including virtually untouched bush land where they have the opportunity to observe different habitats at North Head. They also witness first-hand the unique and observable external features 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 how different living things live and grow and how the environment provides for their unique needs.

Activities/Learning Experiences

  • Dip netting for aquatic macroinvertebrates – learn how the water bugs can help to determine water quality
  • Learn about external features and how they help us to identify and classify different living things
  • Students observe the water bugs and together they record their observations using informal measurements
  • Learn about endangered populations of Little penguins and Long-nosed bandicoots that call North Head home.
  • Explore and discover different habitats and discuss how living things live in different places in the environment and how their needs are met
  • Go on a Mini beast hunt. Search for invertebrates that live in the leaf litter
  • Participate in a fun activity about offspring, where students work together to determine who belongs to who
  • Create a classification system with real objects using observable features of plants and other natural items
  • 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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