Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre logo

Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Wonder, Engage, Inspire

Telephone02 9457 8245

Science - Plant Systems

Science: Living World


During the program, the students will work scientifically to study three distinctive vegetation types at Bobbin Head.

Working collaboratively in small groups, the students will use scientific equipment to collect data on the biotic and abiotic features of the identified vegetation communities to compare important features of each site.

Inquiry questions

What plants and animals live in the ecosystems at Bobbin Head?

What features are adaptations for survival and reproduction in this environment?

How do humans impact on this ecosystem?

Learning Activities

Mangrove study and aquatic threats

Bobbin Head is home to two species of mangrove.  Students will be required to classify these species by observing each to identify and describe similarities and differences. They will also be required to explain how their features are adaptations for survival and reproduction in their environment.

Using the information they have learnt about Mangrove function, students will be required to identify and discuss threats to this ecosystem.

Dry Sclerophyll Features

Using fieldwork equipment, the students will research the biophysical features of the dry forest. These tests include aspect, soil pH, air temperature and soil temperature. Using plant ID books, the students will then identify a sample of dry sclerophyll plants and relate their features as adaptations for survival.


In the final activity, students will research the abiotic and biotic features of the remnant rainforest and use these findings to compare to the dry sclerophyll study site.

Aboriginal connections

Students will visit an Aboriginal cultural site and develop an understanding of Aboriginal use of native plants and the sustainable practices used in managing ecosystems.

Excursion Locations

This program is offered at the following location. Click on an image to find out more.

Sample Timetable

NOTE: Variations to timetable based on specific location, group size and weather

Time Class A Class B Class C Class D
10.00am Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome, Overview of the day
10.10am Morning Tea
10.30am Mangrove study and aquatic threats Dry Sclerophyll Features Aboriginal connections

Dry Sclerophyll Features

Mangrove study and aquatic threats Rainforest Aboriginal connections
12.00pm Aboriginal connections Rainforest Dry Sclerophyll Features Mangrove study and aquatic threats
12.45pm Rainforest Aboriginal connections Mangrove study and aquatic threats Dry Sclerophyll Features
1.30pm Lunch
2.00pm Conclusion and depart

Teacher Information

Download the program flyer

Excursion locations Bobbin Head
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

Risk Assessments

Bobbin Head


What to bring

Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear sports uniform.

Adverse weather
On days where the weather is unsuitable (see risk assessment), a Gibberagong staff member will contact the organising teacher to discuss alternative arrangments.
Medical notifications
Notify Gibberagong EEC by completing and returning the medical form before the excursion. This form will be sent out upon confirmation of booking.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Science 7-10 Syllabus 


A student:

> relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction SC4-14LW


LW2 Conserving and maintaining the quality and sustainability of the environment requires scientific understanding of interactions within, the cycling of matter and the flow of energy through ecosystems.


a. recall that ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment (ACSSU176)

d. analyse how changes in some biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem affect populations and/or communities

e. assess ways that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' cultural practices and knowledge of the environment contribute to the conservation and management of sustainable ecosystems

f. evaluate some examples in ecosystems, of strategies used to balance conserving, protecting and maintaining the quality and sustainability of the environment with human activities and needs.


Science 7-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2012