Natural Links

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Program Overview

Planet Earth is a complex environment that relies on delicate links and sophisticated relationships between living and non-living elements. Classify natural objects and organisms while exploring the interconnectedness and importance of a balanced environment. Learn about human impacts and create actions for your school to support positive change.

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 can be grouped on a 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)
    Geography: Geographical Knowledge
  • Similarities and differences in individuals and groups feeling and perceptions about places, and how they influence views about the protection of these places (VCGGK083)

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Program Outline:

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

      Habitats & Survival

      A hands-on classification activity to explore the characteristics and differences between living, previously living and non-living elements within a habitat.

      Compost Bin & Worms

      Travel through our shrinking machine and explore the relationships between invertebrates and our food waste in a compost bin.

      Food Webs & Interconnectedness

      Partake in an interactive food web game that explores the complex relationships in nature across three continents.

      Habitat Explorations

      Explore the gardens surrounding the Sustainability Centre and examine how the plants and animals are interconnected.

      Symbiosis & Species Interactions

      Challenge your students with this pairing activity which identifies common symbiotic relationships found in nature, both aquatic and terrestrial environments.

    Both programs conclude with:

    Humans Impacts & Call to Action

    Students will lead a discussion about how natural links are affected and/or disrupted by human activities and derive actions they can adopt to minimise their impact on the environment.

Restrictions: More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request; only available during a 4 hour program.
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Program Details

Program Location Sustainability Education Centre Cheltenham
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 4
Possible Start Times 10am (9.40am arrival), 12.30pm (12.10pm arrival)
Grade Level Years 3 - 4
Program Duration 2 hours, 4 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Food Webs, Human Impacts, Species Interactions, Worms & Compost
Cost per group 2hr program - $360, 4hr program - $540