New Excursions Year 7-8

class on Mangrove Boardwalk Image: Sydney Olympic Park

These high school geography excursions use Sydney Olympic Park’s important wetlands system to increase students’ awareness of ecosystem management, human impacts and conservation.  Students can also learn about sustainable urban development in our town centre since the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Duration: 4 hours

Cost: $425 per class (20 – 30 students) or $340 per small class (less than 20 students)

Location: Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre

Bookings: 02 9714 7870

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Landscapes and Landforms - Coastal Wetlands – Year 7/8

The aim of this excursion program is for students to investigate the landscape and landforms within the protected habitats of a coastal wetland at Sydney Olympic Park. In order to answer a syllabus related inquiry question, the students will use a range of fieldwork techniques and equipment to gather primary and secondary data.

Students will use spatial technologies such as a Geographic Information System (GIS) to construct a précis map of how the environment has changed over time, will conduct a vegetation transect and use plant identification charts, complete a field sketch, use weather instruments and scientific equipment and will hear information on how the traditional custodians of this area, the Wangal utilised this environment.

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Water in the World – A World Class suburb for Water Sensitive Urban Design – Year 7/8

This excursion program will see students follow the course of water as it flows through a range of environments within a 200 hectare catchment area of Sydney Olympic Park.

The site is a world class example of sustainable water management practices. Students will see this innovative sustainable water practices including how it provides habitat for endangered frog species, water birds, water for use in ornamental fountains, irrigation for parklands, and the flushing of toilets from the grey water system!

As students walk this urban catchment they will gather primary data and secondary information using a range of fieldwork techniques to assist them with answering a syllabus related inquiry question based on the topic of Water in the World.

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Place and Liveability – Sydney Olympic Park; A place to live, work, learn and play – Year 7/8

The design and development of Sydney Olympic Park is underpinned by the sustainability legacy of the ‘Green Games’.
Sydney Olympic Park is also an important economic location, ranking as the 7th largest economic centre in Sydney. The Park has been designed and developed to be a highly desirable place to live, work, learn and play!

With environmental, social and economic sustainability at the forefront of its planning, the students will identify the characteristics that make it so desirable and examine the strategies used to enhance its liveability and assess the role of a range of stakeholders in enhancing its liveability.

Throughout the fieldtrip, students will use a range of fieldwork skills, including a liveability survey, an urban transect to identify services, use the Parks interpretive signage as a secondary source of information, and interpret current and historic images.

As a post excursion project, students can use the information they gathered on site to propose strategies to improve the liveability of a place in Australia.

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Global Environments Wetlands – Year 7

In this wetlands excursion, Year 7 geography students use fieldwork techniques and field aids to gather information about Sydney Olympic Park’s wetlands.
This data helps students understand how wetlands function and how humans can care for them.

Activities include:

  • site-specific mapping exercises to build mapping skills
  • use of a geographic information system (GIS) to show how the site has changed over time.

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Global Issues and the Role of Citizenship  – Year 8

Year 8 geography students conduct a field trip through Bicentennial Park to assess impacts on mangrove wetlands due to human activities, past and present.

Students conduct fieldwork using a range of skills and techniques. They use a Geographic Information System (GIS) and determine the future management of the wetlands. This information empowers the students to become active environmental citizens.

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