Earth and Environmental Science and Biology

We have a range of programs that support Earth and Environmental Science and Biology courses, both in the classroom, and at various field sites across the state.

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Fieldwork in the Styx Valley

A classroom visit gives students the opportunity to refresh their knowledge on Tasmanian forest types, identifying their features and the factors that influence their distribution across the landscape, before considering the ways in which biodiversity can be expressed and maintained within the living system.

This session can include a focus on the different forest types and how we depend on and interact with them to support a range of ecosystem services.  This leads to discussion of future management of these resources, including a review of the carbon cycle.

Our field trips focus on data collection, using a range of ecological techniques appropriate to forest systems, and discussion on why accurate data collection is so important.

For schools local to Hobart, this can involve a field trip to the slopes of Mt Wellington, where we investigate the various abiotic factors that influence species growth and distribution in both wet and dry eucalypt systems.

For those schools able to access the Southern Forest, we can also organise a visit to the Carbon Flux Tower to speak to scientists on the ground (availability permitting). At other locations we can explore a range of forest landscapes across different land tenures and identify the issues related to managing this landscape for different purposes over time.

For schools in the north/north west of the state, The Cluan Tiers/Leven Canyon areas provide similar opportunities for data collection and related activities.

Please contact us to discuss the particular requirements for your group, or to arrange a class visit and/or a field trip experience.