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Program Summary

Location: Port Phillip EcoCentre, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda VIC 3182
Excursion Duration: 4 hours (10am – 2pm). Shorter excursions (60min, 90min or 2 hour) can also be arranged.
Year Level: Prep to Year 12
Maximum number of classes: 4 (Group max: 25)
Cost per class: $500 + GST
Availability: All terms on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most suitable in the warmer, drier months of term 1 and 4.
Program Themes: water, water cycle in action, Water Conservation, Water bugs, plant adaptations, calculating a water tank

 

Program Overview

The EcoCentre provides a wide range of water related excursion activities covering water cycle, conservation, fresh water and plant adaptations. Allowing schools to tailor their excursion to match curriculum needs, inquiry topic and student projects.

The activities delivered through our Water excursion will provide your students with hands-on experiences where they learn about the water cycle, fresh water, water conservation, how plants conserve water and impacts of humans. This program can be tailored to suit different levels of understanding, from topic introduction through to topic consolidation.

Key Concepts & Questions

Water is the basis of all life on Earth, and should be treated as our most precious resource.

•    How can we preserve and protect our water resources?
•    How can we use our understanding of the water cycle to harvest and use water sustainably?

Learning Outcomes

Understandings & Inquiry Skills

•    F-2 Science is about exploring the world around me (VCSSU031)
•    3-4 Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways (VCSSU047)
•    3-4 Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
•    5-6 Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)

Program Options

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 45min listed below (selected upon booking). Shorter excursions (60min, 90min or 2 hour) can also be arranged.

All activities have a component of students discussing and deriving actions they can implement in their personal lives and at school to minimise their impact on the environment. 

1. Water Conservation 
Discover how much fresh water is there in the world.  Inspect our creek and understand the importance of clean water to all living things and how nature is designed to filter and clean water. Look at how the EcoCentre saves, captures and uses water. Use flow cups to measure water tap flows.

2. Plant Adaptations
Explore the Botanical Gardens learning about the different plants and how they have adapted to live in different climates, save water and attract pollinators. Students will be hands-on with our leaf literacy activity. 

3. Water bugs / Macroinvertebrates (STEAM)
Clean water is important for the survival of all living things including humans. Students will be hands-on with classifying healthy water macroinvertebrates (water bugs) within St Kilda pond and will learn how nature is designed to filter and clean water.

4. Calculating a water tank
Using the EcoCentre’s roof and analysing the average rainfall, students will calculate what size rain tank can be installed. Learn the difference between rain water, storm water, grey and black water and discover the ways the EcoCentre manages these different types of water. 

All activities have a component of students discussing and deriving actions they can implement in their personal lives and at school to minimise their impact on the environment.  

Logistics

Restrictions: Our group sizes are capped at 25 students and our maximum is 100 per excursion. More than 4 classes can be accommodated by special request.

We will send you instructions for transport and a day plan after you book.

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"Thank you very much. It was an amazing excursion; my students and I have learnt many things to implement in our school."

- High School Teacher

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Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.