Each month we will be featuring an excursion that you might find useful to get your students out of the classroom! If you have any recommendations to add, send us an email!
Take a beach walk!
This guide will help you identify the fascinating species you might find while exploring South Australia’s beaches or rocky reefs. Low tide is often the best time to visit your beach as more plants and animals are washed up, rock pools are exposed, and birds are often feeding. If you turn over any rocks, please replace them gently to protect the animals and their habitat. All plants and animals in intertidal rocky reefs are protected in all coastal waters in South Australia.
Visit the Biodiversity Gallery at the SA Museum
The South Australian Biodiversity Gallery is a highlight of any visit to the South Australian Museum. Around 30,000 life-size pieces tell the story of animal life across the state, from the deserts in the north to the oceans of the south. Don’t miss it when you visit the South Australian Museum!
Watch a quick video about the Biodiversity Gallery here:
Teacher and student resources for every year level available here.
Junior Field Naturalists
This is an exciting club for students from age 6-14. Perfect for kids that have a fascination with NATIVE ANIMALS and NATURE – mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, insects, spiders … anything to do with the wonderful world of nature.
Students can join them for their monthly gatherings, show and tell sessions or field trips. Parents attend meetings and field trips with their children and are responsible for their supervision.
Click here to view the website.
See Regenerate Australia!
This new, 17-minute short film is brought to you by the team behind the award-winning 2040 and That Sugar Film and asks ‘What would Australia look like in 2030 if we simply listened to the needs of its people?’.
Featuring Kerry O’Brien, Sandra Sully, Gorgi Coghlan, Tim Flannery, Larissa Behrendt, David Pocock and other well-known voices, the film is set on New Year’s Eve 2029 and takes the form of a news bulletin looking back at the decade ‘that could be’. A decade that saw Australia transition to a fairer, cleaner, more regenerative economy that values Australia’s greatest assets - First Nations' wisdom, our unique natural environment and our sense of community.
- Semaphore Cinemas Port Adelaide - 13 April, 6:30pm
- Victa Cinema Victor Harbor - 14 April, 6:30pm
- Mitcham Cinema Torrens Park - 15 April, 6:00pm
To support your students’ learning and help them get started in supporting regenerative change, Cool Australia have produced three curriculum-aligned viewing guides and six lessons for years 5 – 10.
Children’s Artspace Adelaide Festival Centre
Children's Artspace is a place for learning through play, creativity, and expression. Opening Saturday 12 March 2022, the Children's Artspace's first exhibition is Kaleidoscope: Playing with Colour. Guided by South Australian artist Ruby Chew in an exhibition curated by Alice Dilger, students will learn about light, colour, reflection and refraction while engaging in a creative space. Visit the website here.
Project Live UniSA: Excursion
The UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus features two dedicated student lab spaces for displaying and interacting with immersive visualisations: the Panorama Room that houses a 180-degree multi-projector panoramic display, and our VR Studio that houses a bank of virtual reality workstations and headsets. Both spaces are available for workshops and tours. Project LIVE is directly adjacent to the Adelaide Planetarium – an eight-metre dome that can brilliantly recreate the night sky and display full-dome images and movies.
Sciren is a science translation group focussed on engaging everyone in the world of science. We want everyone to feel they can understand science and help them appreciate the world around them. We translate the science of the everyday world through fun hands-on activities and workshops. We can fit in a small activity to tie up your lessons at the end of the year, like DNA extractions, Christmas chromatography craft and more.
Get in touch to discuss our packages for more indepth workshops and incursions that can align to your classroom teachings, for example, our bioplastics practical that bridges food chemistry, organic chemistry and polymer science. These are well suited for booking ahead of the 2022 calendar year, helping your planning in the classroom.
Dr Bianca is a plant biotechnologist passionate about the science of plants. Her excitement will get your class buzzing with science knowledge!
Mission to Mars at Hamilton Space School
Mission to Mars is a full-day, scenario-based program, taking place at the Mike Roach Space Education Centre at Hamilton Secondary College in Adelaide.
Students work in teams and use problem-solving skills to successfully complete a geological survey on the surface of Mars. Participants act as astronauts, mission controllers and research scientists in an environment that simulates real-life space explorations.
National Science Week Events in SA
There are a lots of ways you can get your students, class, year level, school and community involved in National Science Week. In-person events, virtual tours, webcasts, talks, DIY experiments, quizzes, citizen science and competitions. Discover online and real world activities to join in. Check out the events in SA here.
Duke at the Zoo
Most teachers know all about the Australian Curriculum linked learning experiences, events and resources available through Zoos South Australia. However, have you heard about Duke at the Zoo?
Zoos South Australia is the first zoo in the world to be an accredited Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Centre.
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering young people to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance.
The Zoos SA program is open to adventurers aged 16-24, and will run as a course parallel to the school year, February to November 2022 with two groups based from either Adelaide Zoo or Monarto Safari Park. Find out more and register your interest in the 2022 program here.
Nature Play SA Incursions & Excursions
The nature-inspired education programs are tailored to suit your students and their stage of learning. All programs are aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum and showcase approaches to learning in the outdoors. Through the programs students will;
- Develop specific skills and knowledge to be confident and capable operators in the outdoors.
- Explore human-nature relationships and steps to engage with nature and culture in a positive and meaningful way.
- Take action to live a more sustainable life and share messages of hope for the conservation of local flora and fauna.
- Identify ways they can influence their own health and wellbeing through nature connection and being active in the outdoors.
Also, check out the Educators resource hub here, where you will find a selection of lesson plans and curriculum resources curated from leading organisations around the world and developed by the Nature Play team to support learning in outdoor environments.
Nature Education Centre
The Nature Education Centre (NEC) is an Adelaide based not-for-profit organisation that provides a hands-on approach to learning about the environment. Nature Education Centre welcome all schools, kindergartens, childcare centres and educational institutions in the Adelaide metropolitan area as members. (Please note, they do not take individual membership). NEC makes school visits, and loans animals, natural history specimens and a range of fascinating kits to members in order to get young people interested in the study of nature. Visit the Nature Education Centre or have their Education Officer visit your school with a range of exciting native animals for your students to study and touch. Talks are suitable for children of all ages and provide a valuable hands-on learning experience. They can tailor talks to your chosen topic within the Australian Curriculum. Popular topics include:
- Native Australian Animals (including insects, frogs, reptiles and marsupials)
- Special features / classifications / adaptations
- Lifecycles / changes
WHOLE DAY WORKSHOP PROGRAM
MOD.ULE is a full day learning program designed in collaboration between MOD. and UniSA Connect. MOD.ULE consists of a number of interactive, focused activities that allow students to further explore the themes and concepts of the MOD exhibition IT’S COMPLICATED.
MOD.ULE is a program specifically aimed at year 10 classes. It is limited to a group size of 32 students. Find out more here.