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Stage 4/5 Marine Science Field Trip

Student outcomes

The students will learn to:

  • 5WS Produce a plan to investigate an identified question, before their field trip.
  • 6WS Undertake first-hand investigations to collect valid and reliable data. Use standardised methodology to contribute to the AUSMAP citizen science national database.

Pre-Field Trip prep

Watch the CEC Microplastics lecture so students can plan their scientific investigation.

Sample program

This is suitable for one or two classes at Narrabeen Lagoon or at a sandy shoreline near your school. The survey needs a three hour session leaving time for an additional afternoon session.

Microplastics survey

Based on the students pre-field trip planning and using the CEC AUSMAP kits we will obtain accurate and reliable data on the presence of microplastic particles. Students will follow the standardised methodology to carefully sift, sort, identify and record on a national database their primary data. Microplastics particles will also be sent for further University analysis.

A Microplastic Site Assessment

The 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 or ADMI database.

Brief lunch break

The students can upload their data, clean the field equipment and interact with the CEC displays such as a flume tank and catchment models.

Depending on the site and the time available, teachers may choose to continue after lunch with either Option A or B.

  • Option A - Rock Platform Ecology Session
    If you have booked a field trip date with a suitable low tide, we can walk to the Narrabeen Aquatic Reserve, then discuss intertidal ecology, safety, and management. Students can identify intertidal organisms, their niche habitats and compare the biodiversity in these habitats as they explore the intertidal area. If time, they may also examine animal adaptations.
  • Option B - Water Quality Testing Session
    Using our CEC aerial photos, students will describe the land-use within the lagoon catchment and infer how the lagoon has changed over time. Students can suggest a range of criteria and simple water quality tests to test whether it is safe for small children to swim. Working in pairs, they follow instructions to conduct one of ten indicative chemical or abiotic tests and report their results to the class. Finally, they will give their assessment of the current water quality conditions and suggest at least one management strategy to sustainably manage our coastal lagoons.

Students need to bring

  • Clipboard, worksheet, pens and pencils
  • 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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