Hands-on bushland conservation
The South West of Western Australia is one of only 25 biodiversity hotspots on the planet; areas with at least 1,500 species of endemic plants that have lost at least 70 percent of their original habitat.
Discuss Western Australian biodiversity and the importance of conservation. Learn about taxonomy and undertake 'real work' using scientific processes to take specimens and identify species. Press a plant specimen to create a herbarium record and discover how to clean, dry and store seeds for future propagation. Pot up your own native seed to take home.
'The students were so engaged. Great program, very enjoyable - thanks heaps!' - Year 9 Teacher
By the end of this program students will:
- Develop an understanding of scientific terms such as biodiversity, conservation, herbarium, specimen, taxonomy, genus, species
- Look at differences within plants and explore plant classification
- Investigate human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability
- Undertake field work using equipment safely.
Bookings are essential and fees apply.
*Also suitable for extension upper primary and PEAC students