Free Habitat Workshops
Support your students to become Wildlife Champions for your local species.
*Update July 2020*
Thank you to all the schools who applied for a Roots & Shoots ReWild Your School Habitat Workshop.
As we are all aware, Covid-19 is making it difficult to plan group activities, for with the Roots & Shoots and Landcare teams – plus our ability to visit schools. However, we hope to contact winning schools shortly, and will work together to action ReWildling Your School soon!
Roots and Shoots Australia is a youth program provided by The Jane Goodall Institute Australia. Thanks to the generous support of the Une Parkinson Foundation, we are excited to be offering free habitat workshops for up fifteen selected schools in Australia.
What you receive:
- Free half-day curriculum-linked habitat incursion for Year 5 and 6 students
- Knowledge and tools to identify local species and create appropriate habitat
- Resources and support to encourage student custodianship for the immediate environment
- Free plants, materials and advice to create a habitat and natural space in your school·
Valued at over $1000
- What is habitat?
- What do animals need?
- Animal life cycles
- Niche roles of animals
- Threats to local animals
- Identifying local species to champion in your area
- Planning habitats to support local wildlife
- Supporting a sustainable local environment
Schools will be supported to:
- Research the needs of local animals
- Identify and create habitat improvements
- Select appropriate local native plants
- Hold a working bee to plant habitat
- Maintain and monitor habitat
Practical Learning Outcomes:
- Ability to use spatial mapping to plan sustainable land use
- Ability to use practical and online tools to identify existence of local species
- Ability to use key concepts to research the needs of specific local species
- Development of critical and systems thinking
- Ability to plan and provide habitat improvement for wider biodiversity
- Ability to communicate the importance of sustainable ecosystems
- Teamwork and practical skills to promote a sustainable future
- A sense of custodianship in improving the our shared environment
Workshop content is tailored for years 5 and 6 with key learning areas in Science, Hass (Geography) and cross curriculum priority (sustainability). The workshop and post workshop activities can easily be incorporated into other learning areas.
ACARA Year 5 and 6
Science Understanding: Biological sciences
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Science as a Human Endeavour
- Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions (ACSHE098)
- Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (ACSHE083, ACSHE100)
Science Inquiry Skills
- Identify, plan and apply the elements of scientific investigations to answer questions and solve problems using equipment and materials safely and identifying potential risks (ACSIS086, ACSIS103)
- The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (ACHASSK112)
- The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them (ACHASSK113)
Cross Curriculum priority: Sustainability
OI.2 All life forms, including human life, are connected through ecosystems on which they depend for their wellbeing and survival.
OI.3 Sustainable patterns of living rely on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems.
OI.4 World views that recognise the dependence of living things on healthy ecosystems, and value diversity and social justice, are essential for achieving sustainability.
OI.7 Actions for a more sustainable future reflect values of care, respect and responsibility, and require us to explore and understand environments.
NSW NESA Stage 3
Science and Technology
- Living World: ST3-4LW-S: Growth and survival of living things, Adaptations of living things, Sustainably managing environments to source food and fibre
- Factors that shape places: GE3- 1, 2, 3, and 4: Factors that change environments; Environments shape places; Humans shape places
Victoria VCAA Level 5 & 6
Science Understanding: Biological Sciences
- Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
- The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
Geography: Geographical Concepts and Skills
- Identify and describe locations and describe and explain spatial distributions and patterns (VCGGC086)
- Describe and explain interconnections within places and between places, and the effects of these interconnections (VCGGC087)
Geographical Knowledge: Factors that shape places and influence interconnections
- Influence of people, including the influence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples , on the environmental characteristics of Australian places (VCGGK094)
- Environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of places and the management of spaces within them (VCGGK096)
- Factors that influence people’s awareness and opinion of places (VCGGK097)
We are offering limited free school incursions – available during Term 3 and 4 of 2020.
To be eligible for a workshop, please apply via the below form. Schools will be selected based on the suitability of the school grounds to provide improved outcomes for biodiversity, coupled with the willingness of the school to commit to the project. We understand that schools will have space restrictions, but with careful planning, even small areas can provide quality habitat and greater connectivity between surrounding habitat for your local animals.
Schools within fire affected regions will be highly regarded.
Application close Monday 1 June 2020
Winning schools will be notified mid June 2020
Workshop will be conducted during Term 3 or 4 2020
Habitats and project report completed by end of Term 4 2020