Year 7/8  – Classification and Food webs


Understand the importance of classification in organising food webs and ecosystems. Collect data from different forest types and explore the characteristics of a forest. Explore the ways that people interact with forest landscapes and how people manage these environments for a range of uses – from biodiversity and conservation to tourism, recreation and the sustainable supply of wood products. Investigate the role of science in maintaining biodiversity and explore significance of renewable resource for living sustainably.

*The year 7/8 program can be offered as an incursion or day long field excursion and content can tailored to your unit goals.

Secondary Programs

Understand the importance of classification in organising food webs and ecosystems, investigate how water moves through a natural and modified landscape, and explore the global carbon cycle. Collect data from different forest types, and learn about managing landscapes for different purposes.

Our Secondary school programs include both in-class and field-based experiences and cater for students from grades 7-10.

Classroom-based programs can include a brief introduction to forest ecosystems, the distribution and characteristics of Tasmanian forest types. Following this we have a number of options for further investigations including: classification and biodiversity, food chains and food webs and exploring how land-use, across a landscape, can have impacts on the water cycle. We can also explore the cyclical nature of carbon, and the impacts that humans can have on that cycle.

Field-based programs include data collection on different forest types, and observing the factors that effect the distribution of forests. Students construct food webs, and learn about interactions within the forest system. We discuss the roll of understanding landscapes and geomorphology when managing an area of land for different purposes. Students explore the renewable nature of biodiversity, and the non-renewable nature of soil and geological features from erosion/landslips etc. Classes can also include teachings on the cyclical nature of carbon, and the impacts that humans can have on that cycle.

Secondary programs may include investigating:

  • Forest ecosystems, energy flows and regeneration cycles
  • Forest science and research
  • People and forests – social, environmental and economic values
  • Forest management practices across landscapes and land tenures
  • Renewable and non-renewable resources
  • Timber harvesting, processing and products, and future directions
  • Managing forests in the landscape and sustainability
  • Carbon cycles, forests, forest products and futures

Please contact us for more details about planning your schools experience, to make a booking, discuss the cost structures and our transport subsidy options.

Curriculum Links

 Science Understanding

Classification helps organise the diverse group of organisms (ACSSU111)
  • Explore the features of producer, consumers and decomposers and their role in a forest system.
  • Identify the main forest types of Tasmania and the factors that influence their distribution.
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs (ACSSU112)
  • Build a complex food web, in which trophic levels are identified.
  • Explore the importance of biodiversity and the ways human interaction can impact on forest health.
Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable. (ACSSU116)
  • Explore the term renewable resources and the importance of sustainable forest management in fibre production.

Science as a Human Endeavour

People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (ACSHE121)
  • The importance of science in managing forest environment for a sustainable future.


Different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features (ACHGK048)
  • Visit a field site to explore, observe and interpret the natural features (land forms) of the landscape, including; hills, river valley’s, canyons and mountains.
  • Investigate the distribution of vegetation communities and the historical and present day land-use within the landscape.
Ways of protecting significant landscapes (ACHGK052)

Explore how the combination of the natural and cultural diversity of the landscape are managed to maintain a balance between social, economic and environmental values.

Human causes and effects of landscape degradation (ACHGK051)

Explore the ways that people interact with forest landscapes and the importance of sustainable forest management.


  •  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? The FEF has two teachers so taking two groups is not a problem, depending on the program.
  • Ensure your students are supervised at all times.
  • Prepare for all-weather possibility. Ensure your student have warm clothes, comfy shoes and wet weather gear.

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



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.

For a copy of the risk assessment document click here.



The secondary program costs vary depending on the experience provided and will be negotiated with the development of the program. An invoice will be sent to the school following your excursion. School groups using externally hired transport may apply for a $100 bus subsidy.

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