Secondary (Years 8 – 12)

Australia’s vulnerable wildlife

Year 8 -10

Discover the conservation status of Australian wildlife, from common to extinct. Examine the processes threatening their survival and understand how the physical condition of the environment can have an impact on species survival including us. Explore some on the ground threatened species programs looking at creative approaches taking place.

Themes: conservation, sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • Australian wildlife has adapted to exist in balance with the natural world
  • threats and threatening processes create imbalance in natural systems
  • we are interconnected with our natural systems and extinctions and degraded landscapes have impacts on us.
  • we can reduce our impact on natural systems and wildlife 
  • we can assist in environmental conservation and help reduce the rate of species loss.

Ecosystems 

Year 8-10 

Investigate ecosystems and interconnections between biotic and abiotic components.

Themes: biodiversity, conservation and sustainability

Key messages:

  • communities of interdependent organisms connect with each other and the non-living abiotic components of the environment in an ecosystem.
  • energy flows into and out of ecosystems via food webs which needs to be continual to sustain the stability of the system.
  • components in an ecosystem are influenced and can change due changes in the environment.
  • we can assist biodiversity and ecosystems that support our environment and Australian wildlife.

Animal adaptations

Examine how animals have adapted to survive in a variety of Australian terrestrial environments. Discover the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations of a selection of native animals, including birds, mammals and reptiles. 

Themes: sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • it is the interconnectedness between all components of an environment which influence environmental stability.
  • animals have different forms and functions for survival within Australian environments
  • animal adaptations can be structural, physiological and behavioural.
  • environmental changes lead to modification in animal structure and function
  • we all have a role in caring for the environments that support our animals. 

Cleland as a sustainable tourism destination 

Year 11-12- Tourism and sustainability.

Using Cleland as a case-study, examine the factors influencing the sustainability of nature-based tourism, including economic, sociocultural and environmental parameters. Discover the historical evolution of the park as a government operated business and how it has shaped the visitor experience and demographics of those that visit the park.

Themes: conservation and sustainability 

Key messages:

  • a balance of environmental, social and economic aspects (triple bottom line) is critical for Cleland to remain sustainable.
  • Cleland and sustainability as a government run business in the context of tourism in wider South Australia.
  • Provision of high quality sustainable engaging visitor experiences encouraging visitors to learn.
  • Importance of the local impacts of the business and role of the marketing.
  • There are career path opportunities available in nature based tourism.

Living on the edge- threatened species

Year 11-12

Discover the scale of species loss since European settlement and consider why species are still under threat or in danger of extinction using the status continuum from common to extinct. Discuss some on the ground threatened species programs and creative approaches and innovations taking place. Think about what sustainable practices we can adopt to assist in the conservation of native animals.

Themes: conservation, sustainability and biodiversity 

Key messages:

  • Australian wildlife has adapted to exist in balance with natural systems
  • threats and threatening processes create imbalance and change within natural systems which impacts on all species in the system including us.
  • species are placed according to status on the continuum from common to extinct and legal frameworks exist to protect species and environments.
  • we can actively care for the environment, reduce our impact on natural systems.
  • we can assist in environmental conservation, help our endemic species and reduce the rate of species loss.

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