Everything Beachy

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Program Overview

Explore the intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches of a Marine Sanctuary and discover common marine creatures with adaptations for survival in this harsh intertidal environment. Explore the ways human activities can impact on our coastlines and how this can impact on the balanced ecosystems in these regions.

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

Victorian Curriculum Links

Science: Science Understanding

  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
  • Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (VCSSU057)
  • Different living things have different life cycles and depend on each other and the environment to survive (VCSSU058)

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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 explore the difference between specimens were once living and those that are the product of a living thing.

Rock Platform Discovery
Students will discover various environmental factors, such as climate change, human activities and habitat exploitation, that affect a rock platform and make it a challenging environment for plants and animals to live in.

Marine Debris
Participate in our interactive story to discover how human activities can impact our precious aquatic environments, both freshwater and marine, and devise solutions to prevent everyday pollution.

Coastal Classification
Using artefacts and images students will develop skills to classify marine organisms based on characteristics that are common to different groups of organisms, such as crustaceans and molluscs.

Fatal Food Chain Game
Imagine yourself as a marine animal on the search for food. In a game of chance, discover some of the perils these animals face on a daily basis.

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.

Conservation Code
Schools will also be given a Certificate of Participation and Conservation Code 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 “Everything Beachy” 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 however for the 4 hour program).
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Program Details

Program Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 4
Possible Start Times 10.15am, 12.30pm
Grade Level Grade 3, Grade 4
Program Duration 2 hours, 4 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
Cost per group 2hr program - $440, 4hr program - $620

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