Excursion Program Overview
The ecosystems of the Victorian Central Highlands have distinctive characteristics which help to class the region firmly as part of a Temperate Forest Biome. Explore this special region while connecting to the outcomes of the Victorian Geography Curriculum.
Geography: Geographical Knowledge & Understanding (9-10)
– Distribution and characteristics of biomes as regions with distinctive climates, soils, vegetation and productivity. (VCGGK133)
– The interconnection between food production and land and water degradation; shortage of fresh water; competing land uses; and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world. (VCGGK135)
– Human alteration of biomes to produce food, industrial materials and fibres, and the environmental effects of these alterations. (VCGGK136)
– Land and resource management strategies used by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve food security over time (VCGGK137)
-Visit Mountain Ash forest and Cool Temperate Rainforest
-Identify characteristics of the biome, take a closer look at the water cycle in the forest and measure abiotic data
-Reflect on Traditional Land Owners use and management of the land
-Examine the Timber harvesting process and visit a clear felled Logging Coupe
-Consider human impacts on the environment
Workbooks will be provided so you can make a copy for each student to use on the day to guide their forest investigation.
* Each student needs a clipboard, pencil, and a copy of the Gould League workbook for this excursion.
* Suitable clothing and footwear for the conditions predicted, preferably long pants and fully enclosed shoes that grip. Plan for wet weather from April-October, and expect temperatures at least 5 degrees colder than suburban Melbourne.
* Teachers will need a smartphone, preferably with GNSS capability or GPS.
Equipment supplied by Gould League:
Safety helmets worn by all participants; tools required for fieldwork data collection.
Gould League does not operate in Toolangi on days with a Fire danger rating of Severe, Extreme and Code Red in the North Central Fire District. On very 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.
|Program Location||Toolangi State Forest|
|Max # of Groups (group max 30)|
|Possible Start Times|
|Grade Level||Year 9, Year 10|
|Program Duration||4 hours|
|Program Theme||Forest, Human Impacts|
|Cost per group||$495|