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Adaptations and Evolution/ Ecosystems and Interactions

Our Year 9 and 10 program caters to the curriculum descriptors shown below.

Victorian Curriculum Levels 9 and 10
Science Biological Science The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence (VCSSU120)
Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (VCSSU121)
Science as a human endeavour Scientific understanding including models and theories are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (VCSSU114)
Questioning and predicting Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically, including identification of independent, dependent and controlled variables(VCSIS134)
Cross Curriculum Priorities Learning about Sustainability
Learning Capabilities Critical and Creative Thinking
Ethical

Program

Depending on the learning goals for your students, our program can focus on either one of or both “Adaptations” and “Ecosystems”.

Adaptations or Ecosystems Programs
Educator-led Sessions

90 mins total

Up-close encounter with several education reptiles. Guided walk through the Park to observe and learn about Australian mammals and birds.
Adaptations and Evolution

Students will observe, learn about and interact with a range of animals on a guided tour of our Park and an up-close and hands on reptile encounter in our classroom.

Students will appreciate the use of the theory of natural selection to support our understanding of all forms of life and their adaptations through time. Students will hypothesize how species may have or will, react to changes in their environment including drought, rainfall and climate change as well as inter-species pressures, disease and periods of abundance.

Students will explore the ways in which Australian wildlife have adapted to extreme local conditions across traditional evolutionary timescales as well as being prompted to hypothesise the potential ways in which wildlife could adapt in an example of microevolution.

Ecosystems and Interactions

Students will observe, learn about and interact with a range of animals and environments with a guided tour of our Park and an up-close and hands on reptile encounter in our classroom.

The program will examine both the communities formed around our wetlands, woodlands or walk-in aviary as well as drawing connections between animals housed in species specific enclosures.

Our sessions will support learners’ understanding and appreciation of the varied relationships between all forms of life within environments made up of both biotic and abiotic components.

Students will be prompted to make predictions regarding how energy flows through an ecosystem and the impact of environmental changes or other interspecies pressures on the diversity and functioning of these systems.

Teacher-led Sessions

30-45 mins total

Wallaby Walk

Groups will be provided with Roo-food and an identification sheet so that students may observe, identify, interact with and potentially feed  our free roaming wallabies and kangaroos.

PRICES

Cost per student including admission: $16.50

The Adaptations/Ecosystems program includes 90 minutes of educator-led sessions + 1 teacher-led session in the Wallaby Walk.

Cost per student to extend educator-led program: $8.30

Please contact us for more details about possible options including an encounter with trained show animals or educator-led station activities and a guided tour of the Wallaby Walk.

NOTE: all programs have a minimum charge of $220

All prices include GST

ADULT TO STUDENT RATIO

Adult to student ratio

High School: 1 adult included free of charge for every 10 students

Carers and Aides (for people with physical or learning needs): 1 included per student

Extra adults over the above ratios: $13.30 each

RESOURCES

Resources

On the day, a Wallaby Walk Guide will be provided to leading teachers and other supervising adults to assist them in facilitating the teacher-led session.

Digital copies of this resources can be found here:

Wallaby Walk Guide and Identification Sheet

Group Size, Student Numbers and Timetable

Program can be run with 1 to 5 groups

Group maximum of 25 students due to classroom size and to provide opportunities for individual experiences.

Group minimum of 16 students

Schools with greater than 125 students can visit over multiple days.

Groups of 1 to 3 classes (approx. 16 to 75 students):

  • 90-minute educator-led program will be divided into 2 x 45-minute sessions + 1 teacher-led session in the Wallaby Walk
  • Educator-led sessions consist of an indoor reptile encounter session and an outdoor Park-based session.

Groups of 4 to 5 classes (approx. 75 to 125 students):

  • 90-minute Educator-led program will be divided into 3 x 30-minute sessions + 1 teacher-led session in the Wallaby Walk
  • Educator-led sessions will consist of an indoor reptile encounter session and two outdoor Park-based sessions in different zones.

An example of a timetable for 4 groups based on a 10am arrival is shown below.