Ecosystem Explorers


Spend the day in your local forest and explore the relationships between living and non-living components of a forest ecosystem and how these are affected by the local environment. Examine the role of trees in a forest system as they grow and change. Investigate the life cycle of a tree and understand the factors that contribute to its growth and survival. Build a picture of the different ways that people interact with the forest and explore the complexities of the use and sustainable management of natural resources.

This program also includes an incursion opportunity to extend your learning following the field experience.

Preparing for your trip

  •  What is the purpose of your field trip? We can develop your program to suit your learning objectives and meet your curriculum needs. Please let us know anyway we can adapt the program to suit your students’ interest and learning needs.
  • Please notify us about any student with special needs. We can adjust your program to ensure everyone is involved.
  • Take advantage of our bus subsidy and fill your bus. Why not take two classes? Each class will have an FEF teacher for the day.
  • In order to make your excursion planning easier the FEF has developed a Risk Assessment Plan. This document is written by the qualified teachers of the FEF.
  • Bring along parent helpers. Extra assistance is always appreciated. We will get any parent helpers actively involved in the program.
  • Organise your students into small groups (4-6 groups depending on the class size).
  • Ensure your students are supervised at all times.
  • Prepare for all-weather conditions. Ensure your students wear appropriate clothing, comfy shoes, hats and wet weather gear – you just never know!

Have fun! The forest is an amazing place. Get involved and enjoy the adventure with your students.

The Year 3/4 program costs $150 per class. An invoice will be sent to the school following your excursion. School groups using externally hired transport may apply for a $100 bus subsidy.

Living or Non-living scavenger hunt: Explore your school for different objects. Encourage your students to sort, classify and explain their objects.

Key ideas to guide the exploration-

  • Does it grow and change?
  • Does it move by itself?
  • Does it respond to change in the environment?
  • Does it reproduce?
  • Does it need food and water?
  • Does it excrete/produce waste?
  • Does it need air?

Guiding Questions:

  • What do living things need to survive?
  • How can you tell if something is living or non-living?
  • Do living things depend on non-living things for survival?
  • How might the living things in the forest be connected?
  • Brainstorm and list different things that might change or affect the life cycle of a forest.
  • Discuss how people interact (or connect) with forests.
  • Write an imaginary conversation between a seedling, a young tree and a mature tree from their different points of view.
  • Choose a forest type and create your own forest ecosystem diagram.

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