Rockpool Food Webs and Classification

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Excursion Program Overview

Explore the intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. Discover the similarities and differences between organisms, and uncover human impacts on this fragile ecosystem.

Victorian Curriculum Links

Science: Science Understanding

  • Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)
  • There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (VCSSU091)
  • Interactions between organisms can by described in terms of food chains and food webs and can be affected by human activity (VCSSU093)
  • Biological Sciences (ACSSU111 & ACSSU112)

Science: Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Use & Influence of Science (ACSHE)

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Two hour program includes

  • Safety Talk – A brief overview of how to stay safe at the beach.
  • Marine Education Centre – Students learn about the importance of the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary in the Marine Education Centre.
  • Sea Treasures – Students look at, touch and learn about some fascinating beach washed treasures such as cuttlefish, sea stars & shark eggs.
  • Rock Platform Discovery – Students will use Sea Search Species Image Library method of surveying organisms on the rock platform and draw food webs and food chains of the organisms they discover.
  • Litter in the Marine Environment – Focus on how litter affects 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 “Rockpool Food Webs and Classification” 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:  Programs are tide dependent. Please provide alternate dates that spread across at least 2 weeks.

Prior knowledge required: How to draw food webs, food chains, how to use classification keys.

Equipment needed:  Clipboard and pencil per student, printed worksheets and Sea Search Data Sheets.

Equipment supplied by Gould League:  Classification key, species Image library sheets from Sea Search. 

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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 Year 7, Year 8
Program Duration 2 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
Cost per group 2 hr program $440

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