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The sandstone country of northern Sydney is millions of years old and over time has been gradually eroded to form the spectacular valleys and ridges we see today.
During the day, the students will observe this natural erosion, investigate erosion in built areas and examine the components of soil and how it is formed.
What are the characteristics of soil and how is it formed?
How have the features of the park changed over time?
How can we help protect the park?
This hands-on activity explores features of leaves and how their decomposition is a key to the creation of soil. During this activity, students will also investigate features of soil and the cycling of materials in soil.
Students will learn about invertebrates in the environment and the interconnected nature of invertebrates, habitat and other animals. Significant plants, animals and examples of erosion of the local area will be identified along the walk.
Students will work in groups to conduct an invertebrate survey in a bush habitat. If students are using cooperative learning teams the role for each member will be revised. Together the class will negotiate a code for caring for ethical and safe handling methods. Students will record the name and draw the observable features of the invertebrates they find. They will also collect a tally of the total number of that species found in their area. Students will use a simple dichotomous key to correctly identify the invertebrate species.
Using a birthday cake analogy, students will gain a clearer understanding of the different sandstone rock layers and propose erosional forces that transform these layers through an engaging activity that enables them to use the properties of the sandstone to colour in a diagram.
Students will hear of the interconnected nature of traditional Aboriginal people and the land during a visit to a cultural site. At an engraving site, the students will learn about the nature of the sandstone and how these sites are managed due to the impacts of weathering and erosion.
This program is offered at the following locations. Click on an image to find out more.
NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location, group size and weather
|Time||Classes A, B, C, D|
|10.00am||Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day|
|10.30pm||Bush walk which includes soil activity, invertebrate activity, erosion of earth's layers and a cultural site visit|
|2.00pm||Conclusion and depart|
|Bus access map||
Map for access to venue will be sent with the confirmation
Please ensure you print a copy and provide to the bus driver on the morning of the excursion.
2023 DoE $15 per student - GST free
2023 Non-gov school cost $25 per student - GST free, minimum charge $575 per class.
NOTE: National Parks entry is $1.10 per student in addition
|Class numbers and size||
Up to 4 classes
Max. 30 students per class
|What to bring||
Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes, mask.
Students wear sports uniform.
||On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.|
||Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.|
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address Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Bobbin Head Road Picnic Area, North Turramurra NSW 2074
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We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work. We would like to pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging and acknowledge our Aboriginal Elders and knowledge holders who have helped us to understand the special connection Aboriginal Peoples have with the land.
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