There are two options for this excursion. The 3 class excursion includes three 1 hour activities listed below (selected upon booking). The 4 class excursion includes four 45 min activities listed below (selected upon booking). Shorter excursions (60min, 90min or 2 hour) can also be arranged.
1. Marine Ecosystems – Little Penguin Colony
Explore the complex and fascinating marine ecosystems in the Bay including Little Penguins and develop an understanding of animal behaviour, adaptations and survival needs of marine animals in Port Phillip Bay.
2. Beach Treasure Hunt (Intertidal zone exploration)
Undertake a beach treasure hunt and classify treasures into living and non-living. Investigate the features and adaptations that help living animals survive in this marine environment and make a pledge to protect them. Sketching of adaptations is part of the 1 hour activity.
3. Coastal Erosion (STEAM)
Through the ‘erosive nature of waves’ and ‘sandcastle weather proofing’ experiments students will learn about wind, water and weather as factors that cause erosion. The 1 hour activity includes experimenting with design features to reduce the impacts of erosion.
4. Shoreline Shell Survey (STEAM)
Understand the biodiversity of shells (molluscs) in the Bay and how molluscs could be affected by climate change, acids and pollution. A STEAM data collection and classification activity.
5. Plant ecosystems and wildlife walk
Find and identify Indigenous plant species, understand plant zonation in coastal areas and measure wind speed to determine the influences on plant location. Understand how urban development and community action can make a huge positive and negative difference to the long term sustainability of our foreshores.
6. Indigenous Connection to Country
Walk through West Beach to explore our Indigenous plants, and understand how these are used for food and resources by the Boon Wurrung people. Gain insight to how local Aboriginal people lived in connection to the seasons and flows of nature. How did they have a different impact to today’s impacts?
Note: Please choose either 'Plant Ecosystems and Wildlife Walk' or 'Indigenous Connection to Country', not both.
7. Live Mollusc Survey (STEAM)
Only available to senior secondary aged groups of 15 or less. The EcoCentre has a permit to dig up live molluscs to record data for research purposes. Students will conduct a 3 quadrant transect to collect data on live molluscs and record their findings.
8. Save Sam the Seadragon
Our puppet Sam the Weedy Seadragon has an important message to share about the life in Port Phillip Bay, food chains and energy exchanges within an ecosystem. As Victoria’s marine emblem Sam was happily surviving in Port Phillip Bay until plastic started to enter the ecosystem. Through hands-on activities students will learn about why plastics are amazing but when they get out of control they cause problems for our wildlife.