Secondary

Learn how to apply a scientific method to real life situations. Your students will gain experience understanding the scientific method and its applications.

Our focus is recognising questions that can be investigated scientifically and undertaking investigations. We also use the concept of cause of effect relationships to explore a range of questions and ideas.

Secondary students will focus on how to explain phenomena involving science and its applications. Immerse your students in the wonderful world of science and get hooked on the outdoors.

Bring along your lunch to have in one of our peaceful, outdoor spaces

What we offer

Wildlife CSI year 7-9 (coming soon)

3 hrs

Your students will become CSI agents for the day as they discover what has happened at a crime scene within the sanctuary. Use a range of different tools and methods to collect and analyse evidence.

VCSIS086 - formation of hypothesis and collection of data

Be There or Be Square 7-10

45 min

Use techniques and methods scientists use every day. Through these activities, we introduce evidence-based thinking. Students will also use data collection and understand the effectiveness of their sampling method.

VCSIS112 - Reflecting on methods used to assess biodiversity of invertebrates in an area. Brainstorming improvements.

Tree Heights 7-10

30 min

Apply mathematical concepts learnt in school to real-world scenarios. Through this experience, your students will use a variety of methods to measure trees within the sanctuary.

7-8

VCSIS107 - Identify best method of measuring tree height based on the situation

VCSIS108 - Actively test out different tree height methods

VCSIS109 - Methods used to measure tree heights in the field are chosen based on what is available and the accuracy required.

VCSIS112 - Reflect on methods used and evaluate effectiveness

9-10

VCMMG317 - Measuring tree height using scale

VCMMG320 - Measuring tree height using trigonometry

VCSIS136 - Use of appropriate equipment for different methods used. Recording of data collected

Find That Frog 7-10

30 min

Apply mathematical concepts learnt in school to real-world scenarios. Through this experience, your students will use trigonometry to locate frogs within the sanctuary.

7-8

VCSIS107 - Identify best method of locating a frog

VCSIS108 - Actively test out different methods

VCSIS112 - Reflect on methods used and evaluate effectiveness

9-10

VCMMG320 - Locating frogs using trigonometry

VCSIS136 - Use of appropriate equipment

Catch Me If You Can 7-10

1 hr

Like the sound of our Living Systems activity but your students aren't in VCE? Then this is the activity for you. Students get out into the wetland to sample macroinvertebrates using genuine sampling equipment used by researchers and ecologists. They will then analyse the data they have collected using a SIGNAL score.

7-8:

VCSSU091 - Students observe macroinvertebrates caught under microscope and identify them using reference books and dichotamous keys

VCSSU093 - Food Webs within the wetland and how water quality affects this

VCSIS109 - Students shown correct method of collection and why it is used for reliable sampling

VCSIS111 - SIGNAL Score used to evaluate samples

VCSIS112 - Reflect on the method used and how this may affect data. Criticise method to identify improvements

9-10:

VCSSU121 - Data collected includes information on the wetland as a whole

VCSIS136 - Use of appropriate equipment and methods

VCSIS137 - Use of formulas to calculate a SIGNAL score

VCSIS138 - Analyse the data using a simple SIGNAL score

**This activity includes a workbook that students can take back to school**

Wilderness Wander 7-10

30 min

This mini-tour of the sanctuary is recommended for all visiting groups. The Wilderness Wander allows students to put what they have learned into perspective by seeing the sanctuary as a whole. It will also give students an insight into some of the management objectives and challenges faced in a restoration project on this scale.

**please note that we do not allow school groups to enter the sanctuary outside of scheduled education activities**