Ecosystem dynamics

Students will investigate the largest stand of mangroves on the Parramatta River

Monday - Friday, 9:15 am to 2:15 pm

Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park

$805 per class of up to 30 students

5 hours

All-day bus parking in P10f.

2024 Education Bookings Closed

Thank you for your support, we are fully booked for Terms 1 and 2, 2024.  We will no longer be delivering school excursion programs due to changes in our organisation.

About the excursion

This field trip experience has been designed to assist students with their depth study, or as a standalone fieldwork exercise. It will enable students to work scientifically by encouraging them to communicate evidence-based conclusions.

The field trip will allow the students to work collaboratively to design experiments that are reliable, accurate and valid. Students will be challenged to refine or redevelop their procedures, redefine their questions and/or hypotheses, modify their methodologies or designs, conduct further practical investigations or conduct further secondary research.

Learning content

Population dynamics

Students will investigate and determine relationships between biotic and abiotic factors in an ecosystem including:

  • The impact of abiotic factors
  • The impact of biotic factors
  • The ecological niches occupied by a species
  • Measuring populations of organisms using sampling techniques

Future Ecosystems

Students will:

  • Investigate changes in past ecosystems that may inform our approach to the management of future ecosystems including the role of changing climate on ecosystems.
  • Investigate practices used to restore damaged ecosystems.

Learning outcomes

BIO11/12-1Develops and evaluates questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation.
BIO11/12-2Designs and evaluates investigations in order to obtain primary and secondary data and information.
BIO11/12-3Conducts investigations to collect valid and reliable primary and secondary data and information.
BIO11/12-4Selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information using a range of appropriate media.
BIO11/12-5Analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information.
BIO11-11Analyses ecosystem dynamics and the interrelationships of organisms within the ecosystem.