Stage 3

BUSH SURVIVOR            

PDH – Health, Wellbeing and Relationships

SCIENCE: Living Worlds

GEOGRAPHY – Factors that Shape places – Bush Fire Hazard 

A day of team building and collaboration to reach a common goal. With the help of our wilderness guide, students navigate their way back to camp using their bush survival kit whilst learning basic bush skills for navigation and survival. Back at base, students construct a shelter using available materials, learn the art of pitching a tent, safe campfire building and camp cooking.

FACING FEARS – APPROPRIATE RESPONSE

PDHPE – Health, Wellbeing and Relationships

This team building day takes students on a journey of facing fears. Whether it be the funnel web spider and discovering their behaviours and habitat on our bush adventure walk or dropping from the heights of our Giant Swing or climbing our ‘Vertical Challenge’, students will bond as they face their fears together. They will learn the importance of supporting each other to overcome challenges and the art of problem solving to get out of danger in our initiative games session. This is a great day to overcome fears in a safe place, discover the leaders of the pack, work out social boundaries and develop group work skills.

FIRE, FRIEND OR FOE?

SCIENCE: Living Worlds

GEOGRAPHY – Factors that Shape places – Bush Fire Hazard

A scientific day of fire exploration and team building experiences with our expert guides. Learn a variety of fire production and prevention methods both past and present. Experiment with friction, magnification and energy conversion. Take a bush walk to investigate evidence of past fire activity identifying potential causes and hazards. Look at the importance of fire for the Australian landscape and the adaptations plants have made to sustain fire exposure as well as the importance of fire to farming and land care for aboriginal peoples. Learn the art of safe campfire building with vital bush fire awareness and prevention skills, and then try your hand at some camp cooking or fire art! Come ready for a day of exploring where you decide: Fire Friend or Foe?

KOALA CONSERVATION MANAGEMENTSTAGE 3

SCIENCE: Living Worlds – adaptations for survival

GEOGRAPHY:  Factors that Shape Places – human impact & land management

First-hand experience with Koala conservation! Learn mapping skills and use navigational tools such as a compass, maps and GPS in an attempt to locate a wild koala in our unique grey gum forest. Use current field research and tracking techniques to participate in a Koala survey, recording koala evidence found in the field. Find out about symbiotic relationships, habitat, classification, unique structural adaptations and features including reproduction systems used to survive the harsh Australian climate. Contribute to koala habitat conservation project by planting or maintaining our onsite plantation used in captive breeding programs. Develop a Koala Plan of Management (KPoM) with strategies to support Koala survival in the wild. Not only adventure through koala habitat but experience the world of a koala high up in the trees for a fantastic team building adventure activity, the “Leap of Faith” or “Tree Climb”.

INVERT INVESTIGATION

SCIENCE: Living Worlds – Features & Adaptations of living things for survival.

A jam-packed day of inquiry devoted to exploring the features and adaptations of these incredibly important critters. Bushwalk with our qualified guide to discover the brilliant world of beetles, their life cycle and relationship with other animals such as the koala. Examine invertebrate specimens by looking at the external features and using classification to understand their diversity. Hunt for invertebrates before examining specimens using magnification technologies, all whilst learning to observe and identify invertebrates in their habitat.  Conquer fear with knowledge and understanding of animals’ habitat and behaviour. Learn to identify deadly spiders and how to be safe around them and for an extra highlight to the day, try one of our fantastic adventure activities ‘Invert Climb’(vertical climb) ‘Spider Swing’ (Giant Swing) or ‘Arachno – seil’ (Abseiling)

LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

Students work in teams to navigate their way through initiative-based tasks requiring teamwork, leadership and collaboration skills. The day is full of challenges and problem -solving adventure activities to help spark these important skills in students and prepare them for leadership.

 

SUSTAINABLE HABITAT

SCIENCE – Living Worlds – growth, survival & adaptation of living things.

GEOGRAPHY – Factors that Shape places

A hands-on day of exploring natural environments and learning about the importance of habitat for animal survival. Become a bush investigator and look for animals by identifying the evidence they leave behind. Experience the world through the eyes of an animal on one of our unique adventure activities – ‘Gilder Possum’ or ‘Flying Fox’. Play games and explore the need for sustainability with the increase of urban sprawl.   Work together to help animals regain habitat by constructing a nest box, re-generating an area of bush land and developing a plan for the placement of their habitat creations.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

SCIENCE – Living Worlds

GEOGRAPHY – Factors that Shape places

Bring your gardening gear for a trip to the Chicken Coop! Learn about rotational gardening, water saving crop beds, preparing crop beds and how to round up the chickens. Learn handy tips for composting, egg collection and farming as a business. Discover ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost waste materials. Feed our resident Emus and find out their job in waste reduction and farming practices. Discuss indigenous farming practices and sustainability. Learn about protecting plants and animals from predators with our H2O skirmish rob the nest game. Prepare to get wet and don’t forget your change of clothes!!!

AUSTRALIAN COLONIES    

CROSS-CURRICULAR:    

HISTORYThe Australian Colonies, Australia as a Nation                                  

GEOGRAPHY – Factors that Shape Places

SCIENCE – Living World

Experience the bush environment with a historical perspective. Students will take a walk back in time exploring local colonial and indigenous land usage. Discuss the impact of introduced vs native species and look for evidence of these species in the local bushland; identifying tracks, habitat, markings and skats.  Learn about the differences between  indigenous and colonial farming and sustainability practices. Find bush foods, build a shelter, learn basic bush survival and try your hand at sketching using natural materials. Experience making a fire using old fashioned methods and even cook a damper on a stick!!!

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