Wood as a Resource (VCE Product Design Unit 1 + VET Building & Construction)

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Excursion Program Overview

On this tour of Toolangi State Forest, learn about the forest ecosystems and how they are managed for multiple uses, including the provision of timber resources. Explore how environmental factors can affect timber quality and quantity, discuss the sustainability choices available to timber manufacturing industries and consumers, the value of native forests and the environmental legislation that protects them, economic influences, and the impacts of logging on wildlife and endangered species.

The Full Day (4 hour) program includes visitation to:

  • Mountain Ash forest where timber is sourced
  • Clear felled logging coupe that was recently harvested
  • Protected Cool Temperate Rainforest
  • Endangered species habitat
  • Time for lunch

Curriculum Links

VCE PRODUCT DESIGN UNIT 1
AOS 1 Outcome 1

  • The environmental, economic and social impacts associated with the origin/source, manufacture
  • Impacts of unsustainable products and resource use on environmental, social and economic systems

VET Building and Construction CPCCCM1012A

  • Follow workplace procedures according to instructions given and report information only at own level of responsibility, including:
    • ­complying with environmental/sustainability legislation, and organisational and  procedural requirements relevant to specific daily responsibilities
    • ­ participating in and supporting an improved environmental use of resources

Inclusions and Notes

Equipment supplied by Gould League: Safety helmets worn by all participants; workbook and all tools required for fieldwork data collection.

Equipment needed: A chartered bus (which is required to remain with the group at all times). First aid kit and PPE including hand sanitiser to ensure a Covid safe excursion.

Student needs to bring:  Their own water and lunch, sunscreen, a clipboard, pencil, and a copy of the Gould League workbook (usually sent 14 days prior to excursion so copies can be made for students) to guide the forest investigation; bag to take away your rubbish.

Restrictions: This Gould League program is delivered in the Toolangi State Forest, in the North Central Fire District and does not operate on days with a Fire danger rating of Severe, Extreme and Code Red. On rare occasions, programs may be postponed due to extreme weather predictions involving wind/storms. In both cases, these programs will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of both parties.

Programs however DO operate during wet/snowy weather. Please contact us to discuss the best timing to optimize your group’s experience and ensure suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions predicted. Plan for wet weather from April-October, and expect temperatures at least 5 degrees colder than suburban Melbourne.

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Program Details

Program Location Toolangi State Forest
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 3
Possible Start Times 10.00am (9.45am arrival)
Grade Level Years 11 & 12
Program Duration 4 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Forests, Human Impacts, Mountain Ash
Cost per group $540

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