Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre

...taking the learning beyond the classroom

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Ecosystem Encounters



  • Year 6 
    Full Day Program - 9.15am - 2.30pm


Big Idea

Developing science inquiry skills and gaining an understanding of the interdependence of animals and plants in natural environments.






This program has been designed for Year 6 students and focuses on the development of practical science inquiry skills.  Taking place at Bunyaville Conservation Park, students conduct field studies to investigate the Bunyaville pond and open forest ecosystems and the effects that abiotic factors such as soil, light and water and human activities have on a local natural place.

At Bunyaville, students participate in three activities:

Leaf Shake

Students visit two sites within the forest to explore different habitats, the insects and plants that live there and the abiotic factors (water, light and soil) that influence the animal and plant populations. After participating in this activity students will understand that:

  • Microclimates develop due to the amount of moisture, slope, light intensity and aspect of a place
  • The types of animals and plants you find at a particular location are influenced by abiotic factors such as water and light; and
  • People impact on habitats and ecosystems



Students net for macroinvertebrates in one of the Bunyaville Conservation Park’s ponds/dams recording information using a variety of techniques and identifying the animals collected using a dichotomous key.  Following this activity, students will understand that:

  • The types of aquatic macroinvertebrates found in a pond/dam is influenced by the physical environment in which they live and the abiotic conditions they are experiencing
  • The health of a pond/dam ecosystem can be reflected by the types of animals that live there



Bunyaville teachers take students on a two hour earthwalk where they use their observation skills to explore the interactions occurring between plants, animals and the environment and investigate the various ways that human activities impact on ecosystems within the park.  Following this activity students will understand that:

  • Plants and animals depend on each other, abiotic factors and physical features of the environment to survive
  • People impact on habitats and ecosystems
  • Human activities within a natural place can be managed to have less impact on animals, plants and other things that live there


Curriculum Links

Bunyaville EEC
PO Box 294

e: principal@bunyavileec.eq.edu.au
t: (07) 3353 4356
f: (07) 3353 2624
m: 0477 330 047

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