Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary

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Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary Rock Platform

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary offers a fabulous learning environment of rockpools and sandy beaches. The Marine Education Centre within Beaumaris Life Saving club provides amenities and learning support.

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Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary Excursions

Ricketts Point Sea StarBeach Secrets: Kinder

Explore the beautiful Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary with all of your senses! From our drama based introduction, to a journey along the sandy beach to the rock platform to discover items washed ashore and what creatures make this special place their home. Discover our guided play-based learning stations to uncover more secrets of the beach!

Ricketts Point Sea StarI Sea Changes: Prep – Year 2

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary is a unique protected area that incorporates intertidal rock pools and sandy beaches. Through hands-on exploration and personal observations, students will discover the plants and animals that live in this protected place and how human use of these areas have changed over time and with the seasons.

Ricketts Point Sea StarSand Safari: Prep – Year 2

End of year activities can be a fun way to celebrate and consolidate the year’s achievements. Why not bring your students to enjoy one last outing with their class mates in the ocean air to connect and play! Inspire connectedness and stewardship towards each other and a local marine sanctuary and ecosystem. This low cost, playful and educational 2 hour program will delight students and teachers alike!

Ricketts Point Sea StarEverything Beachy: Years 3 & 4

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.

Ricketts Point Sea StarTidal Survival: Years 5 – 7

Discover the intertidal rockpools, sandy beaches and coastal vegetation of a marine sanctuary, discovering common sea creatures, explore their array of adaptations for intertidal survival and human impacts upon the marine ecosystem.

Ricketts Point Sea StarRockpool Food Webs & Classification: Years 7 & 8

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.

Ricketts Point Sea StarAdapting to changes in Marine Environments: Years 9 & 10

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.

Ricketts Point Sea StarVCE Biology Fieldwork (Unit 1 Area of Study 2): Year 11

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. This program has been written by an experienced VCE Biology teacher and has been tested and refined to suit the new study design.

What to expect

The Sanctuary offers a fabulous learning environment of accessible rockpools, sandy beaches which show evidence of human impacts and an array of intertidal and coastal plant and animal life.

Beaumaris Life Saving Club & Marine Education CentreThe Marine Education Centre within Beaumaris Life Saving club not only provides shelter and amenities as required on the day of your program, but is a wonderful resource to support your student’s learning. The Centre hosts interpretive signage panels and an AV system.

The animals we encounter on the day vary, as we do not keep any animals in tanks, rather we explore the rock platform at low tide to discover the variety of organisms that are hiding under rocks and in rockpools.

A nearby storm water drain and evidence of litter along the sandy beach provide great conversation starters about human impacts on this special place.

 

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