Sand Safari

kids having fun at the beach Ricketts Point

Program Overview

End of year activities can be a fun way to celebrate and consolidate the year’s achievements. Why not bring your students to enjoy one last outing with their class mates in the ocean air to connect and play! Inspire connectedness and stewardship towards each other and a local marine sanctuary and ecosystem. This low cost, playful and educational 2 hour program will delight students and teachers alike!

Program Outline:
This 2 hour program includes all of these activities listed below, some of which are led by your own teachers:

Safety Talk & Welcome: Gould League-Led
A brief overview of how to stay safe at the beach, overview of what makes this place special and logistics of the program

Creativity Challenge: Teacher-Led
Test your skills with these great sand sculpting and ethereal nature-art challenges and compete to take home a beachy prize from the Gould League in this team work challenge. Students gain appreciation for the recreational value of the beach, gain a sensory experience in the sand and seaweed, and work collaboratively with one another.

Beachcombing Scavenger Hunt: Gould League-Led
Get tuned in when we show you the our collection of marine artefacts uncovered over the years before you explore the sandy shores to see if you can find all the items listed. A small prize will await you if detect them all! Students connect with treasures washed ashore and identify human impacts upon the sanctuary.

Marine Movements: Teacher-Led
Keep them moving with a variety of educational beach games, including the hermit crab shuffle, tentacle transport and storm water simulation. Students uncover important elements of marine ecosystems and human impacts upon them and work together with these high energy games!

Restrictions: Both the Creativity Challenge activity and the Marine Movements activity will need to be teacher lead, therefore the school will be responsible for assigning a teacher to lead these activities on the day. Easy to follow activity outlines will be provided to your staff on the day. You are more than welcome to propose your own games or activities in place of those Teacher-Led outlined above, please simply contact us to discuss.
A Gould League Educator will deliver the Beachcombing Scavenger Hunt activity and supply the prizes for all relevant activities.

Wet weather: There is no wet weather alternative for these programs. The Surf Life Saving Club will not be available for shelter.
*Note: This program is not tide dependant.

What to bring: Your school would be most welcome to equipment for the following:
Creativity Challenge – buckets and spades
Marine Movements – beach towels and change of clothes (as some of these activities can involve a water element if you choose)

*Please note Gould League have some equipment however it is limited.

BYO Lunch We encourage you to enjoy your lunch, be sun smart and bring a towel to make yourself comfy on the sand.

Options: You are welcome to spend unsupervised time in the water (at your own risk). There are public washroom facilities available onsite.

Program Details

Program Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 3
Possible Start Times 10.00am, 12.00pm
Grade Level (F) Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Holiday Program
Program Duration 2 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Marine
Cost per group $6.50 per student (minimum charge of 52 students)