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Stage 6 - Module 1 Earth Resources & Module 4 Human Impacts Field Trip

Year 11 EES student outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • EES 11/12-3 Conduct investigations to collect valid and reliable primary and secondary data and information.
  • EES 11-8 Describe key features of the Earth’s systems, including the four spheres & how they are interrelated.
  • EES 11-11 Describe human impacts in relation to hydrological and geological processes and biological changes.

Pre-field trip prep

View the CEC Microplastic pre-field trip lecture and work scientifically to design a practical investigation or if you’d like more support for Module 4, a 30 hour, full term program is also available for download.

Sample program

  • Enter the CEC for a brief lecture to support Module 1 outcomes on how the four spheres have interrelated to produce the Narrabeen environment.
  • Your CEC Educator will explain how humans have impacted on the hydrosphere of Narrabeen Lagoon and have introduced species that compete with native plants on coastal dunes.
  • The Microplastics Survey will be based on the student’s pre-field trip planning and using the CEC AUSMAP kits. We will survey along the lagoon edge to obtain accurate and reliable data on the presence of microplastic particles. Students will follow the AUSMAP standardised methodology to carefully sift, sort, identify their primary data.
  • A Microplastic Site Assessment will be undertaken as well as a Macro litter survey depending on the time available.
  • All primary data will be recorded, compiled and included on either the AUSMAP and / or ADMI database.
  • Microplastics particles will also be sent for further University analysis.
  • This will be followed by a brief morning tea break at the CEC where students can upload their data, clean the field equipment and interact with the CEC displays such as a flume tank, microEYE and catchment models.

On Narrabeen Headland students will observe how the four spheres interact and they will complete a field sketch to recall how these processes have produced the coastal dune in front of them. Students observe the current state of the Narrabeen Lagoon Entrance and explain the processes that cause the lagoon to naturally close. We will then walk to enjoy a brief lunch break near North Narrabeen SLSC, where toilets, café’s and shade are available nearby.

North Narrabeen Dune is the final field site where students will conduct a practical investigation to explain the formation of soil through the interaction of the four spheres over time.

Finally, if there is sufficient time before your bus departure, students can collect abiotic data to study the effects of an introduced species on the coastal environment.

Students need to bring:

  • Clipboard, worksheet, pens and pencils
  • Pre-field trip planning group sheets
  • Lunch, morning tea, refillable water bottle
  • Hat, sunscreen and raincoat (if necessary)
  • Old sandshoes (that can get wet)

Availability Calendar

View our calendar for availability of primary and high school field trips. Available dates are blank. Part = Partially booked - limited space might be available.

After you have chosen your preferred dates then complete this online form to request your excursion.

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