Sea Change Adventures
Units 2 or 4
Canoeing Stand Up Paddle Boards Snorkelling Walking/cycling
Dune revegetation work – weed matting, weeding, mulching and tree planting
Canoe along the Barwon River as it leaves Geelong and discover a Ramsar-listed wetland, a State Game Reserve and the Sea-change hamlet of Barwon Heads. Consider the various land classifications and associated uses/impacts of this notable river. Observe human impacts and efforts to protect and conserve the river. Explore issues of conflict and sustainability.
Stand-up Paddle Board along the Barwon River at Barwon Heads to learn about the issues above.
Depending on weather conditions and the tides this session can be a full day’s paddle or a half day (3-4 hours). Access to Lake Connewarre is restricted to the months between May and November due to the duck season and potential blue-green algae outbreaks.
Snorkel the Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary.
Explore this magnificent marine environment on the rock platforms and below the surface.
Marine monitoring or a transect study are an option.
Explore Barwon Heads as an example of change –from sleepy holiday hamlet to tourism mecca and Sea change destination.
Walk or cycle (Half day) Coastal conflict.
Debate the contemporary issues – urbanisation, tourism, conservation, sustainable development.
Student participation (2 hours) –coastal revegetation or Dune EduAction work to illustrate actions taken by individuals and groups.
Practical applications related to:
• characteristics of outdoor environments, marine, coastal, wetlands,
• recreational users’ understandings of specific outdoor environments
• scientific understandings of specific outdoor environments, including:
– interrelationships between biotic and abiotic components
– effects of natural changes to environments on people and places such as day to night, seasons, tides, fire, flood, drought, migration, succession, and climate change
• land managers’ understandings of specific outdoor environments, including the features which can be used to delineate one particular area from another such as landform, vegetation type, public and private land, types of parks and reserves, management zones
• other understandings of specific outdoor environments, such as artistic, Indigenous, and historical.
• the impact of conservation, commercial and recreational activities on outdoor environments
• community-based environmental action to promote positive human impacts on outdoor environments
• rationales for codes of conduct relating to recreational activities
Practical applications related to:
• understandings and critiques of sustainability and sustainable development
• indicators of healthy outdoor environments, including:
– quality and adequacy of water, air and soil
– levels of biodiversity, pest and introduced species
• the contemporary state of outdoor environments in Australia, with reference to common themes used in State of the Environment reports
• conflicts of interest between people involved in uses of– Marine national parks and sanctuaries
• management strategies and policies for achieving and maintaining healthy and sustainable outdoor environments
• acts or conventions related to the management and sustainability of outdoor environments, including:
– Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (Vic)
– Ramsar Convention (international treaty, 1971)
• actions undertaken to sustain healthy outdoor environments, focus on Coastcare.
Consider local issues such as Marine National Parks, duck shooting,
overfishing, dune damage, urban pressure on natural environments.
Learn about local, state and national policy in an incidental, hands on way. For example: Ramsar listed Wetland, State Marine National Park and a State Catchment Management Authority.
Dependant on activities you choose. Discuss with Eco-Logic.
- qualified leadership and interpretation-(our staff are OE teachers, scientists, resource and land management graduates and recreation leaders.)
- curriculum discussion and activities
- canoes, pfd’s, paddles and qualified instructors
- stand-up paddle boards, paddles, wetsuits and instructors
- snorkelling gear, wetsuits, and qualified instructors
- cycle/ walks leader
- revegetation tools/gloves/safety glasses and leader
- all safety equipment for each activity.
- camping gear and food
- students will need walking shoes, waterproof coats/old shoes and clothes for canoeing, bathers and towel.
- sun protection gear.-hat/long sleeved shirts/sunscreen/sunglasses.
- satellite phone if required. Mobile phones will be adequate on most parts of coast.
- bicycles and gear if desired.
Barwon Heads Foreshore Caravan Park.
Breamlea Caravan Park
We’ll meet you each morning for the activities.