Survival in a wetland

Students will immerse themselves in the natural world by stepping into the shoes of a mangrove ecologist.

Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre, Bicentennial Park

$625 per class of up to 30 students

4 hours

Bus drop-off area and 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

Students will immerse themselves in the natural world by stepping into the shoes of a mangrove ecologist to study the biotic and abiotic features of a protected intertidal wetland environment. Their objective will be to increase their understanding of how this ecosystem functions, by conducting a range of scientific investigations, so they can better protect it from harm in the future.

Activities include

Throughout the day students will work in small groups to gather data and observe biotic and abiotic interactions within 40 hectares of protected wetland. Each activity will focus on plants, animals or bacteria that live in the mangroves. Each activity has 2 components, one relies on observation skills and the other involves primary data collection using hands-on fieldwork techniques. All of the data collected will be recorded by the students and the results can then be used to answer the inquiry question “How do living things survive in this intertidal ecosystem?”

Knowledge and understanding

Living World (LW): Students develop their understanding of living things. They investigate the diversity of living things, including plants, animals and micro-organisms, as well as their interdependence and interactions with each other and their environment. They explore their life cycles and structural features and how these aid survival.

SC4-14LWrelates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction
SC4-15LWexplains how new biological evidence changes people's understanding of the world


Learning content

LW1 (ACSSU111)there are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity
LW2 (ACSSU149)cells are the basic units of living things and have specialised structures and functions
LW3 (ACSSU150)multicellular organisms contain systems of organs that carry out specialised functions that enable them to survive and reproduce
LW4 (ACSHE119, ACSHE134)scientific knowledge changes as new evidence becomes available, and some scientific discoveries have significantly changed people's understanding of the world
LW5 (ACSSU112)science and technology contribute to finding solutions to conserving and managing sustainable ecosystems



Develop knowledge, understanding of and skills in applying the processes of Working Scientifically.

SC4-4WSidentifies questions and problems that can be tested or researched and makes predictions based on scientific knowledge
SC4-6WSfollows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually
SC4-7WSprocesses and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions