I Sea Changes

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Program Overview

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is a unique protected area that incorporates intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches. Through hands-on exploration and personal observations, students will discover the plants and animals that live in this protected place and how human use of these areas have changed over time and with the seasons.

This program can be tailored to suit different levels of understanding, from topic introduction through to topic consolidation.

Victorian Curriculum Links:

Science: Science Understanding

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)
  • Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape; daily and seasonal changes affect everyday life (VCSSU046)

Geography: Geography Concepts & Skills

  • Identify and describe the features of places at a local scale and how they change, recognising that people describe the features of places differently (VCGGC057)
  • Identify how people are connected to different places (VCGGC059)

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Program Outline:

There are two options for this program. The 2 hour short program includes three activities listed below (selected upon booking). The 4 hour long program includes all five activities.

Beach Box
Inspect our collection of preserved ocean treasures and identify features these marine organisms have that help them to survive in an ever-changing environment.

Rock Platform Discovery
Students will survey the fascinating world of the intertidal zone and uncover the crabs, sea snails and other animals and plants that make the rockpools their home.

Marine Guess Who
Quiz your students’ knowledge of common marine organisms through an entertaining and engaging game.

Land use in a Marine Sanctuary
Students will explore the Marine Education Centre and learn about the history of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and how the area is utilised by many different people with varying connections to the land.

Changes over time
Students will decipher a range of data to discover how the local area changes with the seasons and what this means to the organisms and plants that call this area home.

Both programs conclude with:

Call to Action
By defining their connection to the coastal environment, students will develop everyday actions they can take to reduce their impact on the marine environment.  

Certificate and Conservation Code to reinforce learnings
Post event, schools will  be issued a Certificate of Participation and Conservation Code for each class which students are encouraged to sign and hang in the classroom as a reminder of their learnings and their commitment to protect the environment.

We encourage  schools to connect with us a few weeks or months after school excursions to share behaviour changes made by the students or activities undertaken as a result of their learnings at “I Sea Changes” so we can share success stories to inspire others, monitor the ongoing impact of our programs and make relevant updates or changes if required.

Restrictions: Program is dependent on tides therefore available dates are limited. More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request; only available during a 4 hour program.


Program Details

Program Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 4
Possible Start Times 10.30am, 12.30pm
Grade Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2
Program Duration 2 hours, 4 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Biodiversity, Changes over time, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
Cost per group 2hr program – $440, 4hr program – $620