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Term 1 Program 2018

January 15, 2018

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 1 Program!

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. This term we also have a program on offer for children working at High School level. Keep reading and scroll down to find details.

Please note it is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking sheet for Term 1 2017

Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

 

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30th Jan- Not Back to School Picnic

10:30am onwards at Buttenshaw Park Springwood.

Come and celebrate the start of the 2018 non-school year with us with a picnic in the park. No booking required. Remember your hats, sunscreen and water.

Some families may wish to have a swim at Springwood Aquatic centre afterwards.

 

6th & 13th Feb- Music

Come along for some music with Meredith. We will explore some musical theory that will help us to understand how to read and write music. In this exploration we will look at rhythm, how music is written on the staff, and some of the strange words and symbols used in written music. We will play games and use our voices and bodies to help us learn.

Participants will benefit most if they have basic reading skills, such as an understanding of symbols representing sound; be able to write/draw some simple shapes; and be able to follow instructions for a game.

Meredith is a homeschooling mum and piano teacher. She has been teaching music to people of all ages (especially children) for about 14 years and loves finding creative and fun ways of approaching music education.

Cost: $34 for HEA members; $36 non-members.

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20th & 27th Feb- Israeli Folk Dancing

Join Yudith for two weeks of Israeli Folk Dancing. We will learn a song or two, and then sing and dance together.

Cost: $4 for HEA members; $6 for non-members

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6th March- Mathematics through Art

Join Julie and Rachel for a hands on exploration of mathematics and art. We will examine 3-D and 2-D shapes, explore pattern and repetition as well as investigate the power of line. We will also look at and discuss some artworks that contain mathematical concepts.

Participants will build 3-D objects, draw using rulers and compasses, and have loads of fun working individually or with friends to create art with mathematical themes.

Some children may need support from a parent as there will be a variety of work stations set up around the room. There will also be some fine motor skills required in the creation of both the 3-D and 2-D shapes.  Each workstation will provide activities that your family might be inspired to continue playing with at home.

Cost: $16 for HEA members; $18 for non-members

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13th, 20th, 27th March- From Art to Textiles

A workshop using a simple design technique to develop an original artwork, to use as inspiration for the making process.

Over the 3 weeks we will help support this process based learning experience to develop creative options, using simple techniques to emerge with a stitched textile work… A Painting in Stitches.

Cindy and Elissa are homeschooling mums with a love of fibre arts and a passion for the handmade. They are inspired by freeform stitching and experimentation and want to share and encourage an enjoyment of the simple act of making.

Participants will need to be able to thread their own needle and do some basic stitches.

Kits will be provided. Parents are welcome to participate but will need to book in to join the class.

Cost: $48 for HEA members; $52 for non-members

 

3rd April- Fantastic Foot Feats with Sarah

Come join us for a morning of play and learning about your fabulous feet.

-what lies beneath your foot flesh?

-what is our footstory? A brief comparison of some feet from other cultures and periods of human history

-how our modern environment and culture shapes and changes YOUR feet’s fitness and flexibility

-Shoes! The good, the bad, the ugly, the necessary?

-Footplay: how strong and mobile is YOUR footsy foundation? How does the health of your feet impact your WHOLE body? Join in some fun foot challenges and see what you can (and can’t) do!

– Foot love: foot friendly tips and hacks to keep your tootsies loving life!

This interactive workshop which will involve barefoot time in a controlled environment with the option of some outdoor barefoot experiences for those who wish to participate. Outdoor activities can also be completed shod if preferred. Please bring along the pair of shoes you wear most frequently. Parents welcome to participate with their children at no additional cost.

Sarah is a massage therapist, budding movement and alignment teacher, barefoot enthusiast and can’t stop talking about feet.

Cost: $12 for HEA members; $14 for non-members

 

Term 1 2018 has a High School Level Program on offer.

These workshops are suitable for children who work at a high school level.  If interested in these workshops, please email the organizer, Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

6th of February ecology excursion. Join Emma and Jenny from Blue Mountains Council for a healthy waterways excursion to Horseshoe Falls in Hazelbrook. We will meet at 9:30am at the picnic area at Horseshoe Falls reserve at the end of Alexandria Avenue. This 3 hour excursion takes us on a walk to the falls themselves, where we will do extensive water testing and evaluating the creeks health. Lunch/picnic afterwards for those who are interested.

Cost: free for HEA members, $2.00 for insurance for non-members.

 

13th Feb – 3rd April. 8 Tuesdays 11:40-1:10 Life on Earth

What is life, how did it begin on earth, how is all of life related?

Starting smaller than we can see, and further back in time than we can fathom, let’s take a journey through the intricacies and mysteries of life on Earth.  Expect the unexpected, life is full of surprises!

Join Julie for an adventure to explore what biology is, what LIFE is.  We will explore the phylogenetic tree of life together, delighting in the wonder and diversity.  This will be a small group class, with flexible facilitation, encouraging the deepening of individual interests and varied forms of expression.  Drawing on the interests of the group we will research, design and carry out experiments and try out different ways of expressing our findings.  The smallest, largest, rarest and hardiest life-forms are in range of our curiosity, as we delve into discovering the innermost workings of life on our planet.  We are alive, and the earth bursting with life, and this will be as much celebration as science, full of opportunity for engagement in diverse ways with highschool level biology.

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Week 1 – Introduction

What is biology, what is life, brief introduction to cells and systematics, the tree of life, a brief overview of the story of life on earth, what are our individual interests, how do we each like to communicate and express ourselves.  The scientific method and experimental design.

Week 2 Animals

Human biology cells/tissues/organs/organ systems, vertebrate and invertebrate zoology – how are our favourite animals are related, microscopic animals, what is the most outrageous animal?  What life forms are most closely related to animals?

Week 3 Fungi and Plants

Relationships, differences and interactions between Animals, Fungi and Plants.  Fabulous Fungi and Peculiar plants.  Scientific research and experimental design.

Week 4  The whole tree of life.

Unicellular wonders and their multicellular relations.  The fairly invisible but ridiculously important and diverse kingdoms: Bacteria and Archaea

Ecology and Ecosystems

Week 5 The wonderful world of cells, human biology – cells/tissues/organs/organ systems

Week 6 Finishing with our experiments and expressing our results.  Wrap up of our exploration of the tree of life. Systematics and the ongoing nature of discovery.  Celebration!

Week 7 Jig Saw Challenge: Jane Brennan will facilitate a jig saw activity with a biology basis.  Jig saw activities involve developing specialised knowledge and bringing this together in collaborative group problem solving.

Week 8 A visit from a biologist to share their story of life and work in biology and be available for questions

Julie has studied Environmental Science at Southern Cross University and the University of New England, she is now studying Creative Arts at Charles Sturt University in a quest to get the very most out of an undergraduate degree as possible (and fit her study around homeschooling her children)!  She may win a prize for the most drawn out undergraduate degree ever!  While she was studying at UNE she DID win the NCW Beadle Prize for Botany twice, the second time for her study in Systematics.  The living world is her passion and delight, she is in completely in awe of it and thrilled at any opportunity to explore and share in the wonder.

Cost: $108 for HEA members; $116 for non-members

 

Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form is below:

Booking form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdu-q6hNLqTKdU6HHURx7ittYdnW5hX98KxAUqq9yGAs6Lk5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

To book into the high school program please email Jane directly: jane_brennan@msn.com

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Term 4 Program 2017

September 18, 2017

I can’t believe it is nearly Term 4 already, but it seems that it is, so Welcome to our Term 4 program!  We look forward to sharing in these Springtime offerings with you and your families.

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am unless otherwise noted (we do have an excursion and some longer sessions this term, see workshop details below). MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline. It is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking form for Term 4 2017. Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

10th October: Farm Excursion

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Come along on an excursion to Providence Hill farm in Hartley. See how things work on a real farm and hear about what life on a farm is like. Meet and feed the animals and maybe even try your hand at some veggie gardening. After our tour we are welcome to stay and enjoy the farm a little longer with a picnic, so bring along your lunch.

Providence Hill farm is a family farm and market garden run by Edwina and Ebony. They grow and deliver fresh, chemical-free produce to families throughout the mountains. You can find out more about them here https://www.providencehillproduce.com/

Details about how to get to the farm and what to bring will be sent to attending families closer to the day.

Cost: $25 per family for HEA members, $28 non-HEA members

 

17th & 24th of October: Build-a-mind 

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We enjoyed working with Kerry from Build-a-Mind so much, we decided to invite her back. During this series of workshops children will have the opportunity to spend focused time on Lego coding kits one week and free explore with other kits the other week. Build-A-Mind focuses on exposing children (and adults) to new technology, new tools and different methods of construction, alongside familiar toys such as Lego.  Children are gently encouraged to express their creativity and expand their horizons at a pace that suits them individually.    Our team of Edutainers facilitate explorative learning and guide the children to find their own conclusions on how to progress with whatever project they may be working on.

Our mantra begins “We are makers, we are creators, we are innovators …..”  and we strive to instil this belief in everyone we work with.

Cost for the two week series: $24 HEA members/$30 non-members

 

17th October: Hands-on Ecological and Biodiversity Study for older children.

Come and learn about the amazing bushland that we have in the Blue Mountains. You will be ecologists and biologists for the morning, learning how to do real citizen science and get up close with nature.

Jenny and Emma from Blue Mountains City Council will walk with you to bushland near the Mid Mountains Community Centre – the bushland will be our classroom. Unless it is very heavy rain we will brave the weather just like real scientists do!  So may need to bring your raincoats. Wear good walking shoes and bring something to record your data. This class will run from 11:30-1:30.

This workshop is suitable for children who work at a high school level. Cost is free for HEA members, $2.00 for non-members. Pleasne note: this workshop is not on the LL booking form – If interested in this workshop, please email the organiser Jane directly:

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providing your child’s name, age, HEA membership number and expiry date.

 

24th October: Open Planning Meeting

Come along and help create what Living Learning looks like in the new year.  Open Planning Meetings are a chance to give feedback on previous offerings, to share ideas, and create future programs. We especially love to hear what the children are interested in experiencing so bring along ideas from the whole family! We will meet at 12pm (after the second Build-a-Mind session).

31st October: Seeds

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Come and learn about the mysterious, magical world of seeds with Meredith and Julie. How do seeds grow? What’s inside a seed? What do different seeds look like, and what are they even for? Create and take home an experiment to watch a seed in action.

Meredith and Julie are home educating mums at Living Learning, who have a love for the amazing world of nature. Meredith has just completed her Permaculture Design Certificate and Julie has an Environmental Science background.  They have both been gardening for what seems like too many years to count!

Cost: $15 HEA members, $18 non HEA members

 

7th November: Market Day!

We are celebrating Home Ed Week and the approaching holiday season with a Market Day!

Have you been creating some amazing craft?

Are you keen to make a bit of money and see what some of your friends have been creating?

Wanting to buy some treats for your self and presents for others?

Come along to our Market and set up a stall.

Children of all ages are welcome to sell art and craft and other created items/second hand toys or learning materials/baked goods.

No commercial stalls will be included in this Market, all stall holders will be from the homeschooling community from the teens through to our youngest members being welcome. Parents of children are welcome to support and co-run a stall with their children

Bookings for Stall-holders is required. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cost $2 per stall.

 

14th November: Sharing our Passions

Would you like to share what excites and delights you? Come along and share something that you love with us all! For this session we are opening up an opportunity for those who would like to share something they are passionate about with the group.  This can be a short talk, a performance, demonstration or an interactive experience.  Both children and parents are welcome to book a spot, come and share something that you really enjoy in your life!  Session lengths will depend on how many people would like to present.  We will be in touch to confirm times once bookings close, bookings for presenters will close on the 14th of October.  You can also book in as an audience member if you don’t want to present, but would like to share in the delights!

Cost $2 HEA members $4 non HEA members.

 

21st November: Microscopic Creatures

Come and discover the incredible microscopic creatures that live in the soil and the environment all around us. Be a scientist for a morning – and learn how to use a real microscope. Blue Mountains City Council’s Education Officers, Jenny and Emma will show you how to get up close to nature and discover amazing details we cannot see with the naked eye.

Please note this workshop will run from 9:30-11:30 to allow for an in depth learning experience.  We will meet in the MMNC Courtyard.  The first hour will be spent gathering samples outside, and the second hour will be spent inside with the microscopes.

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‘Connecting kids with creeks and catchments’ is part of Blue Mountains City Council’s environmental education program for schools and early years learning centres.

Our aspirations:
*Healthy children and young people
*Children and young people who connect regularly to the
natural world, are healthier and happier.
*Every child and young person connects regularly with
nature.
*Healthy waterways
*People who connect with nature as children become
more environmentally responsible adults.
*Every child and young person learns about, cares about
and is respectful of the natural areas in their back yards.
*Every child and young person develops water literacy and
takes action to protect waterways.

The program
our intent is to design the program with you, to meet your needs and to use your backyards and bushland corridors as the ‘third teacher’.

Cost $8 HEA members $11 non HEA members

 

28th of November: Manga Drawing and end of year picnic

Come along and learn about the wonderful world of Japanese Manga!

In this class we will delve into creating our own manga inspired characters and learn about the art form that became the most mimicked style in the world! From Astro Boy to Sailor Moon we’ll be taking a look at manga through the ages and learning the tips and tricks of the trade to create dynamic and eye catching characters.

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My name is Madi Martin and I’m a former Homeschooler and second year University student studying a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture and working toward a Master of Secondary Education at Curtin University. I’m an ink artist and am currently featured at Gallery ONE88 in Katoomba. I’m also in Instagram and Facebook @kewpidollart.

I hope to see you there!

Madi

Cost: $16 HEA members and $19 Non HEA Members

After this session we will have an end of year picnic to celebrate the completion of another amazing year of Living Learning!  All welcome.

 

Booking information:

Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer refunds so please read each workshop description carefully before choosing which workshops to book into.  The booking form is below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBSh1TPehIaOjUI1lnstxOeupd5wH23eWmEMASTzNl5eY_9A/viewform

So Much Gratitude to everyone who creates and supports Living Learning, we are so lucky to have this ongoing community resource for our families to share in.  Thank you all.

Planning meeting

July 10, 2017

Hi all! On Tuesday 1st of August at 12pm we will have an Open Planning Meeting for Living Learning at the Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre.  Open planning meetings are the perfect place to give feedback on previous offerings, to share ideas, and create future programs.  We especially love to hear what the children are interested in experiencing so bring along ideas from the whole family.  Thanks to everyone whose time, energy, enthusiasm, inspiration, hard work and creativity have kept Living Learning going for SIX YEARS this term.  Happy birthday to us!  Our current program can be found HERE

Much love and gratitude,

Julie

Term 3 Program 2017

June 27, 2017

Welcome to Living Learning’s Term 3 Program!

All workshops will be held at Mid Mountains Neighbourhood Centre (MMNC) on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. MMNC is a nut free venue.  All homeschooling families are welcome to meet for lunch afterwards, whether or not you are attending the workshops.  Living Learning activities are Home Education Association Inc. (HEA) Events.

Living Learning programs are pitched at a 5yrs and up age group as a loose guideline.

Please note it is an insurance requirement from HEA that parents are at the venue or provide written notice of their absence to the event organiser and have a designated “supervising carer” present for their children. When you are the “supervising carer” for another parent, please ensure you include the names of the children who are in your care when you sign the HEA sign on sheet.

At the end of the program, you will find a link to the booking sheet for Term 3 2017

Our workshops most often book out, so book in as soon as you can!

25th July- Fire Safety with Katoomba Fire and Rescue

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Come along and listen to some fire fighters talk about winter fire safety in our homes. Fire fighters from Katoomba Fire and Rescue NSW will discuss fire safety and awareness. They might even bring along a fire truck for us to check out.

Cost: $5 HEA members/$7 non-members

1st August– Build-a-mind 

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Build-A-Mind focuses on exposing children (and adults) to new technology, new tools and different methods of construction, alongside familiar toys such as Lego.  Children are gently encouraged to express their creativity and expand their horizons at a pace that suits them individually.    Our team of Edutainers facilitate explorative learning and guide the children to find their own conclusions on how to progress with whatever project they may be working on.

Our mantra begins “We are makers, we are creators, we are innovators …..”  and we strive to instil this belief in everyone we work with.

Cost: $17 HEA members/$20 non-members

 

8th,15th August – Ancient Japan with Madison Martin

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Konnichiwa

My name is Madison Martin and I’m an Art and Japanese teacher and former Homeschooler. Come along with me for a journey into the world of Japanese history where we will learn about Samurai, traditions, customs and what life was like throughout the eras of Japanese history.

This class is for ages seven and up, although to get the most out of this class students should be able to listen and engage with the subject matter and classroom discussions as well as have some basic literacy skills for paper handouts and note taking if they choose to. Classes run for two weeks and are one hour sessions.

I am a nineteen year old artist and tutor, I have been studying Japanese for seven years now and enjoy teaching Homeschooled children both Japanese and Art. I was Homeschooled from Kindergarten to Year 10 so I feel uniquely qualified to both guide and understand the journey of a Homeschooled child.

I am now studying a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture with Curtin University and am working toward a Master of Secondary Education. My artwork is featured in Gallery ONE88, the Hub and Mountain High Pies and I can be found on Facebook and Instagram @kewpidollart.

I hope to see you at my classes and can’t wait to go on this journey with you.

What to bring: note taking supplies as well as anything your child particularly likes to draw with

Cost: $22 for HEA members/$24 for non-members for the full two weeks. 

 

22nd, 29th August- Cool Constructions with Rachel

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Over a series of 2 workshops you will work with a team to explore the world of engineering and design. Rise to the challenge of using your problem solving skills to design and build amazing structures from everyday objects.

How can the way a piece of paper be folded change the strength that it has? Can you create a paper tower that will hold heavy books?

Participants will

  • Develop an understanding of the engineering process
  • Cooperate with team members to problem solve
  • Experiment with a variety of materials to build structures
  • Share and discuss their process and designs
  • Have fun being creative

Cost: $22 for HEA members/$24 for non-members

 

5th, 12th, 19th September- German Language and Culture with Jane

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Did you know that English and German are both West Germanic languages? They have a fair share of common words, but beware of false friends! This three week German language and culture series will introduce the common historical roots of German and English. It will teach you how to introduce yourself in German and count high enough to tell people how old you are. You will learn how to describe yourself and others; and sing along to the German alphabet. Knowing the German letter sounds will enable you to read unknown words from a dictionary! We will also cover some Geography and History of Germany; and look at German culture, traditions and customs. Look forward to a fun mix of role plays, games and songs.

Children need to be able to read to benefit from the workshop.

Cost- $28 for HEA members/$30 for non-members

Booking Form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdeX38Lz5tETmBm08iTX7mEzB7QcsyB4rM5bTsuFeXkbWdrJA/viewform

Creative Arts Night Planning Meeting

May 28, 2017

Hello,

The date for the Creative Arts Night is fast approaching. We’re having our first planning session this coming Tuesday after Living Learning so if you’re thinking of being involved please come along.

See you in the courtyard of the neighbourhood centre at midday.

Rachel

Creative and Performing Arts Night

May 10, 2017

Hello Homeschoolers,

This term the Living Learning planning team have decided to hold a creative and performing arts night on Thursday 29th June at Wentworth Falls school of Arts.

We are aiming to have a visual arts exhibition AND performances. All local homeschooling children will be able to exhibit and/or perform.

At this stage we need some enthusiastic volunteers to help with planning and executing the event on the day.

We’re looking for people to staff the front door, organise a program of performers, hang artworks, set up chairs, supervise the kitchen, announce/intro performers, design flyers, co-ordinate audio visual equipment, bring ideas we haven’t thought of yet.

We will meet face to face as a group to organise and plan. Meetings will most likely occur on Tuesdays after Living Learning.

If you’d like to be involved either on the night or in the lead up to the event please email Rachel at rachncam@internode.on.net

If you have children who are keen to exhibit and/or perform stay tuned for a booking sheet.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Rachel

Ecology Excursions

May 6, 2017

With a couple of cancellations, we’ve had 4 places become available for the 7-9 year olds Ecology Excursion which has been moved to the 22nd of May.  It will be a wonderful day learning about the science of ecology and our local terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  Details are below, please email sparksandflames@soundview.com.au if you would like to book a spot!

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PLEASE NOTE: Bookings for these excursions are separate to bookings for the rest of the Living Learning Program.  Please email Julie at sparksandflames@soundview.com.au to secure your place and receive a booking form.

Monday 15th May – 10-14 year old Excursion Day.

Monday 22nd May – 7-9 year old Excursion Day.

To supplement our Environmental Focus at Living Learning this term, Julie is coordinating Ecology Excursions with Grant Rider, Ecologist and Educator. Grant is offering two excursion days, one for 7-9 year olds and one for 10-14 year olds (these age groups are requested by the facilitator and can be used as a rough guide).  Both days will have the same topics and structure. Each day will consist of two workshops.  It is recommended to book into both (doing workshop 1 before doing workshop 2 is especially recommended) but not essential.  Numbers are very limited so book in quick if you are keen.

Excursion Day Program:
10:30am-12:30 Workshop 1: Basic ecology. We will look at what makes up an ecosystem. Living and non-living components and the relationship between them. Food chains/food webs. We look at 2-3 different ecosystems and try to understand plant and animal adaptations and why things grow where they grow.
1:30pm – 3:00 Workshop 2 Aquatic Biodiversity: We go to the local dam and learn about the aquatic, mainly invertebrate life in the dam. We speculate about water quality and what ecological health actually means. We catch an array of aquatic bugs and through their identification from charts which also lists their various sensitivities to pollution we can make some conclusions about water quality and the health of an ecosystem. We also measure some other basic parameters such as temperature, PH..(acidity/akalinity) and Turbidity (how muddy the water is).

Cost: Each individual excursion will cost $15 (or $28 for the whole day).  For non-HEA members this is $17 (or $30 for the whole day).

Accessibility: Grant will provide the details of the locations to those who are attending, families will need a car, but if needed we can organise car-pooling.