Bunyaville Environmental Education Centre
...taking the learning beyond the classroom
Exploring the complexity and interdependence of natural systems.
Science - Biological Science – Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment. Matter and energy flow through these systems.
Students are able to gather data about the two ecosystems in Bunyaville Conservation Park, the freshwater ponds and the dry sclerophyll forest. The half day program studies one ecosystem and the full day includes both ecosytems.
Data collection includes:
The macro invertebrate populations in the water, the riparian environment, fish snapshot and abiotic parameters such as pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, nutrients and salinity.
Teachers can choose from a variety of activities to gather data about the forest ecosystem. These include: Leaf litter search, animal homes, bird watching, tree ID, leaf shake and plant places.
They sample abiotic factors such as temperature, humidity, soil pH, soil moisture and light intensity and analyse how biotic and abiotic components interact to produce the forest ecosystem.
The forest earthwalk with a BEEC teacher provides students with opportunities to apply their science inquiry skills to a real ecosystem. They look closely at the interactions between abiotic and biotic factors and how they influence the structure of the ecosystem. They are able to connect to this natural place and consider how to maintain the integrity of the Bunyaville Forest