Get out in the field and develop VCE Environmental Science skills to learn what it takes to recover an endemic species from extinction.
Biodiversity is essential for the health of an ecosystem. In Dynamic Ecosystems, Environmental Science students will learn about the threats a local threatened species is facing, gain an insight into what it takes to recover an endemic species from extinction and determine the value of these efforts in trying to maintain species diversity.
Learn about a species’ needs for survival and use a quadrat sampling method to collect data and make recommendations for a proposed release site. Your fieldwork data will be shared online to build an important picture of the change to a grassland site over time and the implications this has for species management and maintaining diversity..
Students will learn:
- The importance of biodiversity for a grassland ecosystem
- How to collect data to assist with programs designed to sustain diversity
- What it takes to recover an endemic species from extinction
Workshop with Werribee Open Range Zoo teacher
|Safari bus tour||40 minutes|
|Self-guided walking trails and options to join educational keeper talks||1 – 2 hours|
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Environmental Science
Area of Study 1: Is maintaining diversity worth a sustained effort?
- By focussing on a local endangered species, learn about the effort it takes to help a species avoid extinction and why Zoos Victoria believe it’s worth the sustained effort to maintain diversity
Plan your excursion
Dynamic Ecosystems is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. This could include a raincoat, hat and sun protection. Students will need a copy of the student booklet, clipboard and a pen.
The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information