Stage 3 - Investigating Mangroves

Exploring the mangroves image: Paul K Robbins

Investigating Mangroves

Curriculum Links

  • Science – Living World Strand
  • Primary Science Connections – Desert Survivors, Marvelous Microorganisms

Excursion Description
Students take on the role of researchers as they investigate Badu Mangroves in Bicentennial Park. This protected ecosystem has undergone dramatic changes in the last 100 years. Students will investigate the pressures of human needs and wants over time and discuss management strategies for protecting the mangrove environment. They will suggest reasons for making changes for future generations to protect and conserve biodiversity.

Activities are engaging, challenging and exploratory, and may include:

  • a close up look at the plants and animals of the mangrove ecosystem
  • ecological monitoring of a wetland environment
  • an in depth look at how the park has changed over time


  • Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia (HT3-1)
  • Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time (HT3-2)
  • Identifies change and continuity and describes the causes and effects of change on Australia society (HT3-3)
  • Shows interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology, responding to their curiosity, questions and perceived needs, wants and opportunities (ST2-1VA)
  • Investigates by posing questions, including testable questions, making predications and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations (ST3-4WS)
  • Describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment (ST3-10LW)
  • Describes some physical conditions of the environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things (ST3-11LW)
  • Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments (GE3-1)
  • Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments (GE3-2)
  • Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments (GE3-3)
  • Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry ( GE3-4)

Duration: full day (10am - 2pm)

Cost: $387.50 per class (20 – 30 students) or  $310 per small class (less than 20 students)

Location: Bicentennial Park Education Centre

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