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2016 Environment Centres’ School Learning Program

Brisbane City Council environment centres




Environmental learning in Brisbane’s natural areas


The Downfall Creek Bushland Centre and Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre are an important part of Council’s vision of being a clean, green city.

The environment centres’ mission states:



‘Brisbane’s environment centres motivate and empower people for action to create a green and sustainable city. People of all ages are encouraged to appreciate, learn and connect with the environment and their community through stimulating and fun experiences. They provide information and hands-on experience for people to discover how to live in harmony with the environment.’

  • Downfall Creek Bushland Centre is located at the Raven Street Reserve, part of the Chermside Hills Reserves. The reserve includes 33 hectares of dry eucalypt woodland and heath understorey, a natural creek line with viewing platform, more than 115 different bird species and more than 200 native plant species. The reserve has several kilometres of walking and bike tracks, most with wheelchair access.

The 200-metre Mountains to Mangroves Senses Trail, located beside the centre, is designed as a self-guided walk and caters for a wide range of groups with special needs. Features include a continuous handrail, a range of interpretive signage with braille and raised text and accompanying plant guide.

  • Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre is located within the Boondall Wetlands Reserve. The reserve includes 1100 hectares of tidal flats, mangroves, grasslands, salt marshes, melaleuca and casuarina swamps and woodlands.

The internationally-significant wetlands are part of a chain of Ramsar-listed coastal wetlands linked with Moreton Bay. Boondall Wetlands has a rich Aboriginal history and is an important place for cultural learning. The wetlands feature contemporary Indigenous art totems and can be experienced by extensive walking and bike tracks. All trails have wheelchair access.


The Environment Centres’ School Learning Program


Every year, thousands of students visit Downfall Creek Bushland Centre and Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre to participate in fun-filled experiential lessons in Council’s bushland and wetlands reserves. All lessons are:

  • developed by our team of environmental educators

  • Australian and Education Queensland curricula integrated and focused

  • supported by a teacher resource kit, complete with a lesson overview and pre-visit and post-visit activities.

Other Council programs offered by the environment centres


  • School holiday activity program - join the environment centre staff on a fun-filled adventure exploring Council’s reserves. Activities are free or low cost and cater to a variety of age levels.

  • Volunteer program - includes interpretive and event volunteering opportunities.

  • Weekend guided walks - free volunteer-guided walks at the Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre are available to the general public and community groups.

For more information, please contact the environment centres directly. Contact details are on the back page of this brochure. Bookings are essential.

Council offers a variety of other community programs including Active Parks, GOLD (Growing Old, Living Dangerously), GOLD 'n' Kids and Chill Out.

For more information, please visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

Learning naturally with the environment centres

The following is a guide to Brisbane City Council’s Environment Centres’ School Learning Program for Downfall Creek Bushland Centre and Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre. To reserve your lesson, please follow the ‘How to book’ section on the back page of this brochure. All lessons are approximately two hours in duration, unless otherwise specified in the lesson description. Lessons are delivered at the relevant centres as well as various reserves and parklands throughout Brisbane. For more information please speak to centre staff.


Australian Curriculum (Geography, History and Science, including General Capabilities and Cross-Curriculum Priorities) for each lesson are provided upon booking a lesson or on request. Lessons will be updated to include the remaining Australian Curricular as they are developed. Queensland Authority Senior subject linkages for each lesson are also available on request. For lesson locations and subject areas, please see ‘Key to abbreviations and symbols’ at the bottom of the table.

Topic

Location

Description

Year Level and Australian Curriculum Sub-strand (P–10)


Amazing arthropods


DCBC

or


KFDC

4

Students will get their hands dirty discovering the world of mini-beasts. Through interactive classroom and outdoor activities, students will learn about the diversity of arthropods that live in Brisbane and why these critters are essential to the world around us.


P Science: Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

1 Science: Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Science: Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)

2 Science: Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (ACSSU030)

3 Science: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)


Creek critters


DCBC

4

Splash into learning about healthy waterways and creek habitats. Clean water is vital for all life. At the environment centre students can actively discover the wildlife found in and around our creeks and learn about their needs to survive and flourish.


P Science: Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

1 Science: Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Science: Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)

Geography: The natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for (ACHGK005)

2 Science: Earth’s resources, including water, are used in a variety of ways (ACSSU032)

3 Science: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)



Indigenous discovery

Indigenous experiences day




BWEC

BWEC


This half-day program allows students to experience the rich story telling culture of the first peoples. Students will learn how the first peoples made use of the natural environment around them and will get hands on and make their own modern day version of indigenous tools and crafts.

This full-day program includes all of the activities from ‘Indigenous discovery’ (see above) as well as a guided walk along the Billai Dhagun track featuring the Nurri Millen Totems at Boondall Wetlands exploring Aboriginal history and traditional use of natural resources.




P History: How the stories of families and the past can be communicated, for example through photographs, artefacts, books, oral histories, digital media and museums (ACHHK004)

Geography: The places people live in and belong to, their familiar features and why they are important to people (ACHGK002)

Geography: The Countries/Places that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples belong to in the local area and why they are important to them (ACHGK003)

1 Geography: The natural, managed and constructed features of places, their location, how they change and how they can be cared for (ACHGK005)

2 Geography: The definition of places as parts of the Earth’s surface that have been given meaning by people, and how places can be defined at a variety of scales (ACHGK010)

Geography: The ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people maintain special connections to particular Country/Place (ACHGK011)

Geography: The influence of purpose, distance and accessibility on the frequency with which people visit places (ACHGK013)

3 History: The importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area (ACHHK060)

4 Geography: The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences their past and present views about the use of resources (ACHGK023)

History: The diversity of Australia’s first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives (ACHHK077)



Marvelous mangroves


NBF

4

Delve into the world of mangroves. Wander through hidden trails to put the floral and faunal inhabitants of the intertidal zone under the microscope and explore how they have adapted to this unique environment.


P Science: Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

1 Science: Living things have a variety of external features (ACSSU017)

Science: Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)

3 Science: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)



Wildlife connections

(new)


DCBC

or


KFDC

How do we fit into the bigger picture? We take a closer look at wildlife corridors across Brisbane to develop an understanding of how and why animals move through the landscape. Experience a walk of discovery through Raven Street Reserve to see first-hand the animals that rely on our corridors.


P Science: Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

1 Science: Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)

4 Science: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Geography: The importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected (ACHGK022)



Creek discovery


DCBC

4

What makes up a healthy creek? This half-day program gets the students’ hands wet as they dip net for water invertebrates, survey creek vegetation, test for water quality and discover the animals that live in our reserves.
A full-day version of the program consists of a morning and afternoon lesson, each two hours in duration. Students learn how to protect their waterways from backyard to the bay. They undertake waterway health assessments to investigate waterway health and connectivity from the top of a catchment to the bay.

4 Science: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Geography: The importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected (ACHGK022)

Geography: The natural resources provided by the environment and different views on how they could be used sustainably (ACHGK024)

6 Science: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

7 Geography: The influence of environmental quality and the liveability of places (ACHGK045)

Geography: The ways that flows of water connect places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places (ACHGK038)



Happening habitats


BWEC

or


DCBC

or


KFDC

4

We use role-play games and a guided walk to help students understand how habitats work and how all living things are inter-connected, limited by the same factors needed for survival.


P Science: Living things have basic needs, including food and water (ACSSU002)

1 Science: Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)

4 Science: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Geography: The importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected (ACHGK022)

5 Science: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

6 Science: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)



Mangrove discovery


NBF

4

Go on a guided walk deep into a mangrove habitat. The Tabbil-ban dhagun (place of salt water) boardwalk leads us into the realm of this marvelously adaptive and important vegetation type. Students will discover how mangroves work and their importance to not only the things that live within them, but to all of us.


4 Science: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Geography: The types of natural vegetation and the significance of vegetation to the environment and to people (ACHGK021)

Geography: The importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected (ACHGK022)

5 Science: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

6 Science: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

7 Science: Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)

Science: There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)

9 Science: Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)



Wings of the world


BWEC

4

Learn about the marathon flights of migratory birds that travel all the way from the Arctic every year. Students experience an interactive presentation making use of traditional Japanese story telling techniques, multi-media, guided walks and much more.


4 Science: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073)

Geography: The importance of environments to animals and people, and different views on how they can be protected (ACHGK022)

5 Science: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)

6 Science: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)





Program

Location

Description

Queensland Authority Subjects (10–12)


Creek catchment assessment

2

1

BWEC or DCBC

4

During this half-day lesson, students learn about creek catchment environments and compare the health of two separate sites. Students will gain a practical understanding of how human activity can impact on water quality and biodiversity. Students assess water quality (including phosphates, nitrates and dissolved oxygen) and riparian vegetation to measure waterway health.

A full-day program is also available which will assess sites of your choice along a creek catchment.

A 3-hour version of the lesson utilising Council’s canoes takes students into the heart of a creek system.


Biology, Earth Science, Marine Studies, Science 21.


What is a wetland?


BWEC


Students discover what a wetland is and explore the functions and diversity of the wetland types in the reserve. Students identify threats to wetlands and, using ecological health surveys, determine which threats impact Boondall Wetlands.


Biology, Geography, Science 21.




Key to abbreviations and symbols


  1. Lesson may be tide dependent and only available at the correct tide time as advised by environment centre staff – can be booked on other days of the week where suitable.

  2. Lesson can be delivered as a canoeing activity – additional charges apply. For details see ‘Creek catchment assessment – canoe option’ on the back page of this brochure.

  3. You may need to coordinate and pay for a bus to transport students to locations.

  4. Lesson may be adapted to be delivered at your school, local reserve or special event. Timings and costs to be arranged in consultation with environment centre staff.






Lesson locations abbreviations


DCBC – Downfall Creek Bushland Centre

BWEC – Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre

KFDC – Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre

NBF – Nudgee Beach Foreshore



How to book


  1. Go to www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘School Learning Program’ to check lesson availability and complete an online booking form.

  2. If you have any enquiries or would like to discuss the most suitable environmental lesson for your group, contact environment centre staff. Please note that the maximum group size is 30 participants. We encourage early bookings.

  3. A booking confirmation form and teacher resource kit will be forwarded to you prior to your visit.

  4. You will be issued with your invoice following your participation in the lesson. Payment in full is required within 30 days after issue of invoice.



Contact information


For all enquiries, please contact environment centre staff.

Downfall Creek Bushland Centre


  • Phone (07) 3407 2400

  • Fax (07) 3407 2404

  • Mail: Downfall Creek Bushland Centre, 815 Rode Road, McDowall Qld 4053

  • Email: ECschoolsprogram@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre


  • Phone (07) 3403 1490

  • Fax (07) 3865 3723

  • Mail: Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre, 31 Paperbark Drive, Boondall Qld 4034

  • Email: ECschoolsprogram@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Cancellation/postponement


Please note that lessons will continue in light rain, so be prepared for this to occur. If weather forces us to postpone lessons, an alternative date will be arranged. Please notify us as early as possible if you need to cancel or postpone a booked lesson.

Transport


The centres are accessible by car or bus. In addition, Boondall train station is approximately 1.5 km from Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre. Brisbane Transport can offer bus charters. For further information and an obligation-free quote email btcharters@brisbane.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3178 5110.

Free travel with Green Heart Schools


Do you have waste-free lunch days or a school environment club? If your school is actively involved in sustainability initiatives then you may be eligible for free transport to Council’s environmental learning facilities. Please note, some restrictions on group size and lesson combinations may apply. Visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/greenheartschools to apply.

Costs


All prices quoted are GST inclusive. Teachers, support staff and parents are free of charge.

Fees and charges are set for the financial year and may increase in line with the consumer price index after 30 June 2015. Fees will be charged at the rate current at the time of the excursion.


On-site lessons – delivered at Raven Street or Boondall Wetlands reserves


Cost per participant (maximum group size is 30)

  • One lesson/ class is $7.50

  • Two lessons/ classes or full-day program is $15.00

Please note: for a group of 15 or fewer a minimum charge applies

  • One lesson/ class is $112.50

  • Two lessons/ classes or full-day program is $225.00



Off-site lessons – delivered at your school or local reserve


Cost per participant (maximum group size is 30)

  • One lesson/ class is $7.50

  • Two lessons/ classes or full-day program is not available for off-site lessons

Please note: for a group of 15 or fewer a minimum charge applies

  • One lesson/ class is $112.50

  • Two lessons/ classes or full-day program is not available for off-site lessons

Creek catchment assessment – canoe option


Cost per group is dependent on participant numbers. Minimum cost for one group of up to eight participants is $250. Additional participants cost $7.50 each (group maximum is 16, including teachers, support staff and parents). Please note this is a three-hour activity.

Environmental learning in Brisbane’s natural areas is another way Council is achieving our vision for a clean, green city.



For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3403 8888.





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