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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 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 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.

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