Forest Studies: Years 10-12

Forest Studies: Year 10-12


Forest Studies

Forest Studies is a whole day program focusing on the forest environment. The program helps students develop an understanding of the interdependence of biodiversity and impacts human actions have on forests.

Through the interpretation of time-lapsed aerial photographs of Toohey Forest, students identify changes over time and make an informed assessment of what the future may hold. Past and present human impacts are given emphasis, including land use, habitat destruction, pollution, the effect of introduced plant and animal species and the impact of fire.

Out in the field, students work in small groups to record and contrast a variety of abiotic and biotic data from two quadrat locations. GPS, data loggers and soil test kits are used to measure temperature, light, pH, soil composition and moisture etc. Sweep nets are used to collect fauna for identification via classification keys and stereo microscopes.

A hypothetical development scenario is utilised to enable students to apply their knowledge of ecosystems.

Forest Studies has been assessed as medium risk. A Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment is available on request. A student field booklet is provided upon confirmation of your booking.

 Curriculum Intent

Science 21 – Living Systems

  • Biodiversity can be affected by changes in selection pressures in the environment (LS.3)
  • Interactions in ecosystems exist between living and non-living components (LS.3)


  • All systems are interrelated and interdependent (KI.7)
  • Abiotic and biotic factors in an environment influence the size of populations and composition of communities (KI.12)
  • Energy and matter move within ecosystems (KI.13)
  • Human actions have significant impacts on interactions within an environment (KI.14)
  • Different organisms perform different interdependent roles in an ecosystem (KI.15)

Geography –  Resources and the Environment – Sustaining Biodiversity

  • Biogeographical areas have distinct plant and animals groups adapted to that particular environment (KI.3)
  • Physical elements such as climate and soils contribute to the biogeographical pattern of an area (KI.5)
  • Human impacts can be positive, negative and neutral (KI.6)
  • Maintenance of biodiversity can be assisted by sustainable management strategies (KI.9)
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