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Environmental change and management

Environmental change and management’ is a S5 Geography fieldwork excursion that focuses on an understanding of functioning of marine environments and the impacts of human induced environmental change on marine environments. Students will visit the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) to learn about environmental issues associated with marine environments (particularly ocean acidification and microplastics), and the causes, extent and consequences of environmental change. Students will also visit the SIMS Marine Discovery Centre and participate in hands-on activities to enhance geographical inquiry.

Program location

Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Clifton Gardens Reserve, Chowder Bay Mosman

Download the fieldtrip map (PDF KB) or view the interactive google map with approximate walking route, meeting location and pick up location. 

Cost

$15 per student. Please note, this cost covers admission to the Sydney Institute of Marine Science Discovery Museum and Theatre

Key inquiry question

'What are the causes and consequences of changes in environments and how can this change be managed?’

Key syllabus outcomes

Investigative study – Marine Environments.

Students will:

  • investigate the causes, extent and consequences of environmental change in marine environments.
  • investigate the management of environmental change in marine environments.

Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ Cross Curriculum Priority is a feature of the program.

Skills outcomes

Learning activities may include:

  • visiting the Sydney Institute of Marine Science theater to learn about Ocean Ecosystems, including the importance of oceans to life on earth and human impacts (particularly micro plastics) on marine environments
  • visiting the SIMS Marine Discovery Centre to learn about biophysical processes in oceans and environmental management issues and strategies
  • measuring environmental factors with instruments including using water testing equipment and participating in a citizen science ‘microplastics’ investigation with specialised equipment
  • acquiring, processing and communicating geographic information
  • mapping
  • using a GPS
  • field sketching
  • Developing Geographic Inquiry Skills including: Acquiring (what is where), Processing (why is it there), and Communicating (why care)
  • Answering a fieldwork question “Why are ocean environments important to humans, and how do the environmental issues of stormwater pollution and micro plastics affect ocean ecosystems? Explain how these impacts can be effectively managed.”

Student previsit and follow up activities

Successful fieldwork visits have direct links to current classroom learning. Pre-visit activities carried out prior to the excursion will help students better understand their excursion content and provide connectedness and relevance to classroom learning.

The following tasks, together with fieldwork, will help students answer the fieldwork question.

Download the student previsit and follow-up activity worksheet

On the day activities

During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:

  • acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question.
  • learn basic geographic tools of inquiry including mapping, field sketching, photo interpretation, water testing and GPS use.
  • visit the Sydney Institute of Marine Science theatre to learn about Ocean Ecosystems, including the importance of oceans to life on earth and human impacts (particularly micro plastics) on marine environments
  • take part in a citizen science project to investigate the causes, extent and consequences of plastic pollution
  • visit the SIMS Marine Discovery Centre to learn about biophysical processes in oceans and environmental management issues and strategies
  • learn about bioaccumulation of toxins on plastic pollution
  • have opportunities to use their own cameras to document their fieldwork activities

Please note; activities may vary depending on number of classes attending.

Excursion program downloads

Download these documents to help with your excursion planning: