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The following is an overview of Geography programs Landscape and Landforms, Place and Liveability, Water in the World and more. 


Stage 4 - Landscapes and Landforms

Investigate a local environment. Become familiar with basic fieldwork equipment such as hygrometers, light meters, anemometers and compasses. Participate in a bush walk through the environment and use the equipment to measure abiotic factors and identify landforms.

Sites: Rummery Park-Minyon Falls.

Stage 4 – Place and Liveability

Investigate the local history and geology. Participate in mapping, field sketching, plant identification and weather chart reading.  Record and analyse the abiotic factors of the site with basic geographer's tools equipment and record data collected along a transect.  Investigate the livability aspects of the area and respond thoughtfully to the changes to the area that have happened since the non-Indigenous peoples settled in the area.

Sites: Angel Beach, Ballina

Stage 4 - Water in the World

Investigate Rocky Creek Dam - it's past, present and future. Participate in a walk that highlights the endemic flora and fauna and the Bundjalung uses of the plants- medicinal, nutritional, shelter materials etc. Use different types of maps to connect with the area and learn the techniques of field sketching. Take part in Water Quality testing and investigation of abiotic factors both in and out of the rainforest.

Sites: Rocky Creek Dam, Dunoon.

Stage 5- Environmental Change and Management 

Discuss the changes in the Byron Bay community past and present.  Plan and implement a survey and questionnaire to collect data.  Analyse the effects of change on the environment. Optional: Take part in a Marine Debris Activity.

Sites: Byron Bay, Belongil Beach, Brunswick Heads, Cabarita Beach

Stage 5 -  Sustainable Biomes

Participate in an in-depth investigation of Rocky Creek Dam and its Future Water Strategy - how can this water source continue to supply the ever-growing population in the catchment area.  Investigate the Bundjalung sustainable lifestyle; the changes in land use of the area; and use geographer's tools and Water Quality techniques to collect data and design solutions how local water demand can be met.

Stage 6 – Kayaking

Small groups of 16 students paddle kayaks and investigate estuarine ecosystems - land use over time and the impact of humans on the area.  Water testing, mapping and field sketching included.

Sites: Evans River, Brunswick River and Cudgen lake.

Stage 6: All programs can be enhanced to create a more advanced, in-depth study.

Stage 4-6: Environmental Workshop

DEEC staff run an Environmental Workshop at your school - Energy Workshop - Biodiversity, Water, Energy and Waste audits - create a School Environmental Management Plan with students or another activity based on sustainability - visit the DEEC Energy Trailer; design a sustainable House etc.

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