Adapting to Changes in Marine Environments

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Excursion Program Overview

Explore the intertidal rockpools and sandy beaches of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary. Discover how abiotic factors influence the distribution of species on the rocky platform and how organisms have adapted to these highly variable conditions.

Curriculum Links

Science: Science Understanding

  • Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121)

Science: Science Inquiry Skills

  • Independently plan, select and use appropriate investigation types, including fieldwork and laboratory experimentation, to collect reliable data, assess risk and address ethical issues associated with these investigation types (VCSIS135)
  • Select and use appropriate equipment and technologies to systematically collect and record accurate and reliable data, and use repeat trials to improve accuracy, precision and reliability (VCSIS136)

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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 – Discover some of the sea creatures and plants that have adapted to survive in the harsh intertidal zone and classify organisms using a dichotomous key and Sea Search’s Species Image Library.
  • Sampling on the rock platform – Quadrat sampling of the mid zone and lower intertidal zone of the rockpool using a sampling method from Sea Search.
  • Abiotic Factors – Use a range of scientific equipment supplied by Gould League educators to measure the abiotic factors of the different habitats.
  • Pollution and the Marine Environment – Create connections and consider how their actions at home can affect 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, 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: Tide dependent; please provide alternate dates that spread across at least 2 weeks.

Prior knowledge required: Biotic and abiotic factors, textbook knowledge of transects and quadrats.

Equipment needed:  clipboard and pencil per student, printed worksheets and Sea Search Data Sheets.
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Program Details

Program Location Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary
Max # of Groups (group max 30) 3
Possible Start Times 10.15am, 12.30pm
Grade Level Year 9, Year 10
Program Duration 2 hours
Program Type Excursion
Program Theme Biodiversity, Human Impacts, Living things, Marine
Cost per group 2hr program $440